does not rush in to avenge his father's death without thinking it through carefully. He doesn't want to kill an innocent man at the behest of a ghost who may well have been sent by Satan to tempt him to become a murderer. Hamlet
shows his moral fiber in testing the truth of the ghost
's claims. In moving cautiously, he also doesn't allow himself to be manipulated.
Laertes, however, is simply bent on vengeance at any cost. He doesn't stop to think about extenuating circumstances or even if the rumors he has heard about Hamlet killing his father are true. (As it turns out, they are.) He simply wants blood. Laertes also allows himself to be manipulated by Claudius
. Hamlet shows his moral superiority both through waiting to kill his uncle until he knows he is guilty and through his strength of character in not allowing himself to be another's pawn.
is a harder case. Hamlet is at first critical of Fortinbras—or seems to be—when he learns how many men his rival is...
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