Compare and contrast the father-son relationship of Hamlet and King Hamlet to the father-son relationship of Laertes and Polonius.

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Looked at from one angle, Hamlet is essentially a play about fathers and sons. We can add Fortinbras and young Fortinbras too. Both King Hamlet and Polonius represent an older order. Hamlet is a militaristic king, and Polonius is a court politician who has spent his days learning to please power. Both subscribe to a might-makes-right theory of power and do not bother their conscience to question if their...

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