Laertes Hamlet Revenge Laertes; laertes
Laertes Hamlet Revenge Production of hamlet
First of all, let’s start with Hamlet. He was moping around the kingdom, mourning his father’s death, until a ghost told him to seek revenge. While looking for the truth about what happened to his beloved father, he gained a lot of enemies, because he caused a lot of heartache. He killed Ophelia’s father thinking it was the King, which made her go crazy and commit suicide. This also made Laertes seek revenge, which led to his own death. Yes, Hamlet did end up killing the King, which was his goal. But, he didn’t get to enjoy the revenge. So, he wasn’t very successful.
This brings about the cause for Laertes revenge
Shakespeare's character's in Hamlet illustrate the theme of the drama, however Aristotle would have disagreed with Shakespeare's choices. To understand character in terms of theme one must compare the characters. Samuel Johnson calls Hamlet "through the whole piece rather an instrument rather than an agent". This is giving too much credence to the soliloquies, when Hamlet ponders, and gives too little credence to the fact that he sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths without hesitating, and the fact that he was the first on the pirate ship when attacked on the high seas. It is the type of revenge that Hamlet insists on that shapes his character and forces the bloodshed at the end of the play. This contrasts with a play of which Aristotle did approve. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles has created a character who tries to do the greater good, and in doing so find his fate has been damned from the start. Hamlet has the chance to do good, in this case revenge on a murderer and lets passion sway his reason. This "madness" is what leads Hamlet astray, is what leads him to kill Polonius, is what leads Ophelia to commit suicide and is what leads to the carnage of the final scene. Rather than learn from experience, Hamlet follows his own will for Claudius' fate and we learn there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. Aristotle would have disagreed with the amplitude of the actions in this play. These characters have no amplitude, instead they are noble, but they are also pathetic. Aristotle had no room for noble characters with no amplitude and therefore he would have disliked most of the characters in Hamlet, except for Horatio and Fortinbras. In contrasting Fortinbras , Hamlet and Laertes we have three men of noble birth, all of whom have a legitimate reason to seek revenge. The main difference is the way that each seeks his revenge. Laertes seeks revenge in a rash and illicit ways and he dies. Hamlet seeks revenge in an ignoble way and he dies. Fortinbras seeks a Christian revenge and is successful. In this way Shakespeare's characters further the theme of Hamlet in a non-aristotelian way.