When Laertes speaks in this act, he often uses hyperbolic (over-exaggerated) expressions. What might this imply about him?

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This implies what we already know about Laertes, that he is rash. He does things without thinking, and he says things without thinking as well. He acts promptly at hearing about the death of his father. But though he is rash and eager for revenge, he is not smart enough to avoid being outwitted by Claudius. Claudius turns his anger into a tool to get rid of Hamlet.


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