In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Two of the character’sfathers are brutishly murdered. The first murdered character is KingHamlet who is supposed to be revenge by his son prince Hamlet. Thesecond murder is Polonius who is supposed to be revenged by his sonLaertes. Both Prince Hamlet and Laertes go to seek revenge for thedeath of fathers, however they will each use different methods toPrince Hamlet has a meeting with the dead ghost of his father KingHamlet. King Hamlet’s ghost reveals to his son, his murder by hisbrother Claudius. Hamlet is informed by his father that he needs to beavenged by the death of his brother Claudius. By this time Claudius hasalready ascended the throne, and married Hamlet’s mother QueenGertrude.
Hamlet decides to take a passive approach to avenge hisfather. Hamlet first decides to act abnormal which does not accomplishmuch besides warning his uncle that he might know he killed his father. Later in the play a troop of actors come to act out a play, and Hamlet has them reenact the murder of is father in front of his uncleClaudius. The actors murder scene also make Hamlet question himselfabout the fact that he has done nothing yet to avenge his father. Hamletsays ” But am I Pigeon-livered and lack gall / To make oppressionbitter, or ere this / I should ha’ fatted all the region kites / Withthis slave’s offal.
Bloody, bawdy villain! ( Act II scene 2 page 84line 577- 580 ). During the play Hamlet watches is uncle Claudius tosee his reaction when the actors perform the murder scene. Hamlet planworks his uncle throws a fit and runs out the room, where Hamlet goesafter him. When Hamlet catches up to his uncle his uncle is kneelingdown praying, and Hamlet pulls out his sword and gets ready to killhim. But all the sudden Hamlet changes his mind because if he kills hisuncle while he’s praying he will go to heaven, and Hamlet wants him togo to hell. So hamlet postpones the execution of his uncle. The nextconfrontation does not happen till the end of the book when Hamletescapes from his uncle’s ill murder attempt on his life.
Hamlet latersword fences with Laertes. All the sudden Hamlet’s mother QueenGertrude drinks a poison glass intended for Hamlet. When Hamlet is notlooking Laertes stabs him with a poison sword then Hamlet takes hold ofthe poisoned sword, and stabs Laertes with it. As this happens QueenGertrude dies from the poison drink. As Laertes lays down dying hereveals to Hamlet that his uncle King Claudius was behind it all, thepoisoned sword and drink that has just killed his mother. Hamlet then ina fit of rage runs his uncle through with the poison sword.
Hamlet hasnow finally revenged his father through much time then after his task iscompleted he finally collapses from the poison on the sword. Polonius is murdered by Hamlet when Polonius his discovered listeningto Hamlet, and his mother’s Queen Gertrude conversation . Hamletunknowing of who the person behind the tapestry is, kills Polonius fromwhere he was spying. When news of his fathers death reaches Polonius’sson Laertes, he comes back with an entourage to seek revenge for hisfathers death. In this conversation Laertes believes Hamlets uncle KingClaudius is responsible for his fathers death. ” How came he dead? I’ll not be juggled with. / To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackestdevil! / Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! / I daredamnation.
To this point I stand, / That both the worlds I give tonegligence, / Let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged / Mostthoroughly for my father. ( Act IV scene 5 page 134 line 133-139 ) Laertes takes a more aggressive stand point than Hamlet Laertes isready to kill the king right away thinking that he murdered his father. But king Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is the one who killed hisfather. King Claudius also finds out that Hamlet has escape the trapthat he setup to get him murdered. So King Claudius sets up anotherplan with Laertes.
This plan calls for Hamlet and Laertes to have amock sword fight, but Laertes will be using a real poisoned sword. Laertes agrees with this, ready to claim Hamlets life for his father’svile murder. When the sword fight begins Hamlet is winning, but Laertesgets frustrated and stabs Hamlet when he is not looking with thepoisoned sword.
After Laertes stabs Hamlet, Hamlet then turns aroundand manages to take the sword from Laertes and stabs Laertes with it. Although Laertes dies first he accomplishes his purpose because Hamletwill die shortly from the poison on the sword. In this play Hamlet by William Shakespeare these two characters Hamletand Laertes both seek to revenged their slayed fathers. Hamlet with ispassive and scheming approach manages to kill his father’s murder hisuncle Claudius. Laertes with his direct, and forceful dedication slayshis fathers killer Prince Hamlet.
Altough Laertes took a much moredirect approach than Hamlet wasting no time, they both howeveraccomplished their goal but at the ultimate price of both their lives!Bibliography: