Is the arrival of Fortinbras at the end meant to be the cure? If so, what sort of cure will it be?

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To fully answer this question, it's important to look back at act 4, scene 4 when Hamlet observes Fortinbras fighting for "a little patch of ground / That hath in it no profit but the name" (IV.iv.19-20). Hamlet is in awe of the "divine ambition" of Fortinbras, and his drive causes Hamlet to reflect on his own "cause and will and strength" to avenge his father's death. Fortinbras appears to be a brave and noble leader; two thousand men stand ready to follow his commands to fight and acquire a seemingly worthless piece of land.

Since Hamlet's father killed Fortinbras's father, it seems that Hamlet's "vote" for Fortinbras, voiced in his final moments, serves to establish a peace in Denmark. Hamlet has avenged his own father's death. With Hamlet's death, any injustice Fortinbras felt toward Denmark is restored with his likely kingship there. And Fortinbras, by Hamlet's own judgement, is a strong and capable leader. It does seem that his ascension will usher in a new era in Denmark, one not marked by lies, betrayal, and deceit. Instead, there is hope on the horizon that Fortinbras will lead Denmark faithfully and loyally, inspiring his citizens to become better men just as he has inspired his loyal armies during battle.

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