Laertes A Foil Character In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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As we all know Laertes is a foil character to Hamlet, but what is a foil character? A foil character is someone who contrasts with another character and you will find out how. Although some minor similarities, the differences between Hamlet and Laertes are noteworthy and they deserve accurate analysis. Hamlet could best be described as a thinker. Hamlet speaks seven soliloquies, which allows us to truly see Hamlet’s characterization. He has an inability to act and that’s one of his tragic flaws. Hamlet’s first soliloquy is best described as troubled (Act 1, Scene 2). He contemplates suicide and hates his life after his father died and his mom remarried Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. When Hamlet hears of his father’s death he does not lead an army or even a mob. He is careful not to act rashly. At times Hamlet is indecisive and hesitant, but at other times he is prone to rash and impulsive acts of violence (Mabillard). Hamlet, unlike Laertes, is very emotional over his father’s death. Hamlet had many opportunities to kill Claudius, but instead let his feelings get the best of him. A big part of Hamlet is his love for Ophelia, which is one of the minor similarities of Hamlet and Laertes. I think he truly does love her and the actual recognition of his love for Ophelia is shown when Hamlet realizes that she is dead. Hamlet says I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum (Act 5, Scene 1). Hamlet's father has only recently died

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