What does Laertes say is his motive in still resenting Hamlet? How has he already lost this? How does this contribute to the presentation revenge play?

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In Act IV, scene 7, Laertes says he wants revenge on Hamlet because he killed Laertes' father, and because he drove Laertes' sister Ophelia mad.

This motivation fits the structure of a revenge play in itself, but Laertes also publicly pledges to take revenge on his father's killer, which fits the structure too.


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