As Scene Three begins, Laertes is speaking with his sister about her relationship with Hamlet. What exactly is Laertes point of view on this?My task is assume the role of any character other than...

As Scene Three begins, Laertes is speaking with his sister about her relationship with Hamlet. What exactly is Laertes point of view on this?

My task is assume the role of any character other than the central protagonist from Hamlet, and compose and deliver a monologue which seeks to "fill a gap" or "voice a silence". The style of my monologue may be poetic with references to Shakespearean language, or it may be completely modernised. Hence, I have chosen to be Laertes. At first I was going to discuss the issue of Laertes wanting revenge on Hamlet from killing his father (but didn't know how I could speak about it). So then I decided I would discuss the issue of Laertes warning Ophelia of her and Hamlet's romantic pursuit. At the moment I am stuck and am sure on how to start off, or what to speak about specifically. I would very much appreciate any responses to this question that will help me :)

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I should think you would start off by saying that you're leaving for France and you feel very concerned about your sister because you won't be here in Denmark to watch over her for a long time. You are worried about the relationship that has developed between her and Hamlet. You don't know how far it has already gone, but you are afraid it could develop into a dangerous intimacy if it hasn't done so already. Your feelings are not unlike those of your father Polonius. Specifically you know that she could become pregnant and then Hamlet might refuse to marry her and she would be disgraced and possibly ostracized. You yourself would have to take some kind of violent action against Prince Hamlet which could lead to your own ruin, and then their father would probably lose his position at the court. So you are asking your sister to avoid all private contact with Hamlet and to hold him at arms length, not only for her own safety, but for the good of the entire family. Laertes and Polonius have essentially the same concerns, and you might add that you know exactly what your father thinks and feels about the romantic relationship which is obviously developing. You might ask her to keep in continual touch with you by mail, so that you will have at least some idea about what is going on between them. Laertes has been watching over his sister. He had a premonition that something bad is going to happen. He has misgivings about leaving for far-away France. He represents the strength of his family, since Polonius is old and Ophelia is just a naive young girl.

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