Father/son relationships in Hamlet by Emily Rose on Prezi
This essay examines the core action Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras share in A curious relationship exists amongst the main pairings of fathers and sons therein in this initial exchange between father and son does the elder Hamlet ask his. In the Odyssey, Homer shows a very strong bond between Odysseus and his father, Laertes, and between Odysseus and his son, Telemachus. The difficult relationship between fathers and sons has been the subject Laertes, he returns immediately home to avenge his father's death.
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Though grown men, the sons in Hamlet essentially do exactly what their fathers tell them to do, without so much as a word of protest. In the case of Hamlet, he surrenders his own life and future to the will of his father, albeit following significant hesitation, not to mention the passage of an entire play.
Nonetheless, this essay examines the core action Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras share in Hamlet: Let us begin with Hamlet. His case begs particularly close scrutiny when we consider that the elder Hamlet has passed away.
At the beginning of the play, Hamlet receives the dictum of action from the ghost of his father, demanding revenge against his treacherous brother, Claudius, with a decidedly passive aggressive manipulative tactic: Interestingly, at no point in this initial exchange between father and son does the elder Hamlet ask his son if he might be agreeable to the challenge. The ghost simply indicts the king. The ghost then employs heavy handed tactics to remind Hamlet of his station and duty: Significantly, the ghost reminds Hamlet not to exact revenge on Gertrude herein: Hamlet approaches his uncle who is kneeling, draws his sword but stops as he thinks his uncle is at prayer.
Hamlet does not want him to be sent to heaven as his father never had the chance to confess before his sudden death and so suffers in purgatory.
Although he does, in the end, avenge the murder of his father by killing Claudius, he too is wounded by the same poisoned sword which results in his unforeseen death.
Fathers and Sons in Shakespeare’s Hamlet
As Hamlet was unable to perform the task of murdering Claudius in a timely manner the final result was not what he had intended. Most obviously unlike Hamlet, in his impulsiveness and gullible nature, Laertes is too struck with the need to avenge his father after his sudden death.
Before Laertes goes abroad to France, his father Polonius, gives him vain advice that deals mostly with outward appearances and the reflection of his acts on the family. Although this advice is not new information Laertes still gives his father the respect of listening attentively as he is a loyal son.
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When he returns from France, Laertes discovers that Hamlet has killed his father. Vows to the blackest devil!KINKY BOOTS Cast Album - Not My Father's Son
Claudius presents an underhanded plan by having Laertes change Hamlet to a friendly duel. Instead the plan involves having Laertes use a poison-tipped sword. Laertes does, in fact, get his revenge by killing Hamlet the way they he and Claudius had planned but the swords were switched after being dropped and Laertes too was stabbed by his own poisoned sword.
Laertes realizes that he has been a fool to be killed by the plan he set for Hamlet just as the woodcock is a foolish bird that is easily caught in a trap.
Although Laertes gets his revenge, his quick acceptance of a poorly planned scheme inadvertently causes his own death along with Hamlet. Fortinbras is yet another character who experiences the loss of his father. Through the loyalty to him he felt the need to avenge his death.