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What are opposite character TRAITS of Hamlet and Laertes?I already know that Hamlet is...

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luong | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:56 AM via web

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What are opposite character TRAITS of Hamlet and Laertes?I already know that Hamlet is indecisive and Laertes is more like " a man in action"

 

but there should be other traits that display their foil not just INDECIVENESS

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Laertes is dishonest. Hamlet is noble and honest. He would never think of using a poisoned foil in a fencing bout. Laertes is easily manipulated by King Claudius. Hamlet cannot be manipulated by the King because, for one thing, he is more intelligent than Claudius. Hamlet is thirty years old and has been going to the university for many years. He is much better educated than Laertes, who is just starting off for college in France. Laertes must be considerably younger than Hamlet.

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