Explain the reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with Fortinbras' assessment of Hamlet at the end of the play.Explain the reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with Fortinbras' assessment of Hamlet at...

Explain the reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with Fortinbras' assessment of Hamlet at the end of the play.

Explain the reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with Fortinbras' assessment of Hamlet at the end of the play.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Hamlet keeps his own council, which is a brave thing to do considering the stakes of his "adventure". He also, as litteacher8 points out, acts in accordance with his own sense of honor (to revenge his father) despite the danger this act presents for him.

Another important point in defense of Hamlet, in my reading, is that Hamlet hesitates to kill his uncle because of his mother. Hamlet's mother will lose two husbands if Hamlet does what he feels he must do. So he wavers. This pause is quite honorable becuase it shows a deep respect for his mother.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Hamlet deserved the honor because he alone acted when he saw what Claudius had done.  He still acted bravely and a great personal risk.  Claudius could easily have been threatened Hamlet and decided to have him meet with an accident.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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I would agree with Fortinbras in his declaration that Hamlet is a soldier deserving of the platform:

Let four captains
Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the platform,
For he was likely, had he been King,
To have proved most royal, and, for his passage,
The soldiers' music and the rites of war will
Speak loudly for him...

As Fortinbras honors Hamlet, proclaiming his royalty, I would agree that Hamlet dies as a prince. He is definitely regal. His father would be so proud of Hamlet. He finally avenged his father's death.

I would agree with Fortinbras that Hamlet deserves a military funeral. Hamlet did prove himself courageous to the very end. He completed his purpose in taking the life of Claudius. He deserves all the honors that come with the soldiers' music and military show.

No doubt, Hamlet is deserving of the honor that Fortinbras is bestowing upon him. Hamlet is worthy of double honor. Fortinbras "[bids] the soldiers shoot" in honor of the great man that Hamlet turned out to be.

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I would agree with Fortinbras in his declaration that Hamlet is a soldier deserving of the platform:

Let four captains
Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the platform,
For he was likely, had he been King,
To have proved most royal, and, for his passage,
The soldiers' music and the rites of war will
Speak loudly for him...

As Fortinbras honors Hamlet, proclaiming his royalty, I would agree that Hamlet dies as a prince. He is definitely regal. His father would be so proud of Hamlet. He finally avenged his father's death.

I would agree with Fortinbras that Hamlet deserves a military funeral. Hamlet did prove himself courageous to the very end. He completed his purpose in taking the life of Claudius. He deserves all the honors that come with the soldiers' music and military show.

No doubt, Hamlet is deserving of the honor that Fortinbras is bestowing upon him. Hamlet is worthy of double honor. Fortinbras "[bids] the soldiers shoot" in honor of the great man that Hamlet turned out to be.

Are there any evidence that Hamlet deserved this honor? Yes Hamlet was a prince, but wheres the evidence in the other act's that which proves he does?

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