Compare and contrast Hamlet, Fortinbras, and Laertes in act 4. this question is from the play Hamlet, Act 4...help!!!
In act 4, scene 4, Fortinbras is leading soldiers across Denmark to reclaim a small patch of land that was lost by Norway. Despite the fact that the land "hath in it no profit but the name," according to a captain, Fortinbras is willing to go to a great deal of trouble, which will cost many of his men their lives, in order to reacquire the land that was lost. It's a matter of pride and honor for him, and Hamlet cannot help comparing his own inactive response to his father's murder to Fortinbras's decisive action regarding a mere parcel of land that is essentially worthless. He says,
Witness this army of such mass and charge
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed
Makes mouths at the invisible event,
Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death and danger dare,
Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honor's at the stake. How stand I then,
That have a father...
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