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What are some quotes that Hamlet says that compares him to Fortinbras or Laertes? im...

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kathii | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2008 at 5:39 AM via web

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What are some quotes that Hamlet says that compares him to Fortinbras or Laertes?

im looking for quotes to put in an essay im doing and im having trouble finding them..

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 25, 2008 at 7:45 AM (Answer #1)

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Hamlet compares himself to Fortinbras in Act IV scene 4 as he commiserates the fact that he has yet to act on his pledge to get revenge for his murdered father.

He says he has “cause, and will, and strength, and means To do’t,” but he is baffled as to why he hasn't done anything yet. Even young Fortinbras, “a delicate and tender prince,” takes great risk for little gain, “When honor’s at the stake.”  If anyone's honor is at stake, it's Hamlet's, since he has “a father killed, a mother stained."

However, these motivations do not catapult him into action, while Fortinbras’ army is preparing for a battle in which more men will be killed than the worthless land they fight for can hold in burial.

He is inspired by Fortinbras' iron will and resolute determination, and thus Hamlet vows to have only “bloody” thoughts from now on.

In Act V scene 2, Hamlet speaks of Laertes being like himself since they are both acting to avenge the murders of their fathers.  Hamlet, more than anyone in the play, understands what Laertes is suffering.  Hamlet says," I am very sorry that to Laertes I forgot myself, for by the image of my cause I see the portraiture of his."  They are alike in misery.


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d2leaperd | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2008 at 7:53 AM (Answer #2)

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i know that hamlet does not say this but i thought it would quite appropriate to this question:

"cut is throat i'th'church"=Laertes

sorry if the quote isnt exactly right! what about the graveyard scene when Hamlet and Laertes both jump into ophelias grave and express their love for her                                              


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