He is an important foil for Prince Hamlet, who has also lost a father and now finds himself seeking revenge. Laertes is a mirror to Hamlet. I heard about this book from a different literature class at my school. Even if I had set my expectations high, it would have exceeded them. Perhaps death doesn't really grant the death any peace. It's snarky and jokey, with some fun ideas and surprisingly poignant moments for its cast, which naturally inc This comedic spin on Hamlet has a great premise. When Hamlet learns the truth of his father's murder, he cries, but promises action, though he delivers none.
I heard about this book from a different literature class at my school. The revenge of Fortinbras is caused by the desire to regain a lost land of little consequence, pointing to the theme of how revenge can be enacted for the most illogical of reasons. Many people in my class disliked the play, especially how Blessing has absolutely no subtlety. The importance of Fortinbras and Laertes in the play is an issue much discussed, analysed and critiqued. He is enraged that his father was not buried with his sword and that there was no memorial. They are both born with nobility, along with a similar lineage. But while Hamlet sits around contemplating life and death, Fortinbras takes immediate action by raising an army to reclaim Norway's lost territories.
Fortinbras alerts the Danes of his intentions before the play because, in the first act, the Danes know he is preparing an attack. The other characters of the play do not seem to catch on to this even though it becomes blatantly obvious. The story begins humorously and I think there are strong moments throughout the play, but overall I was unimpressed. All three believed that the murderers had dishonoured their fathers as well as themselves. Fortinbras himself is as naive as he is earnest in his wish to make Denmark more than just the place where the King killed his brother and was killed by his nephew.
I felt the author was trying to go for laughs over content and so a lot of interesting philosophical ideas were iced over with jokes about lusty maidens. While I didn't think it was great literature, I did find it incredibly amusing. Hamlet wishes Ophelia to be his wife, Laertes loves Ophelia as a sister. The first, the fair Ophelia, is killed by her own madness in what seems to be suicide. I will be honest: I was disappointed. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988.
Hamlet speculates that the ghost might be a devil sent to deceive him and tempt him into murder, and the question of what the ghost is or where it comes from is never definitively resolved. Hamlet and Laertes love Ophelia. The other, Gertrude, dies due to the carelessness of her husband, who accidentally poisons her. It was a hilarious, fast read that I finished in one sitting. The immediate aftermath of the play's bloody ending finds Fortinbras dealing with the public relations headache of explaining how he came to control a castle with the entire royal family dead within. Everything felt out of place. He did not intend to use violence or cold-blooded murder but rather to seek what is his and bring back the rights and honor of his father.
They do have some character differences but they face many of the same challenges and are put in similar situations. He furnishes Hamlet an example which he is quick to admire, but powerless to follow. A foil is a character that contrasts strongly with another. Behind the stories of both Fortinbras and Hamlet is the question of why their uncles are wearing the crowns that should, in the normal pattern of who-gets-to-be-king, go to them the sons. In contrast to Fortinbras and Laertes, Hamlet feels overpowered by his task, which makes him indecisive. He is publicly angry, and he leads the public riot occurring outside Castle Elsinore, which Polonius' death and quick burial served as a catalyst.
While Hamlet waits for the right time to avenge his father's death, Laertes learns of his father's death and immediately wants vengeance, and Fortinbras awaits his chance to recapture land that used to belong to his father. Is truth important at all? He was lead to believe his father died of natural cause but he became aware of the murderer when his father's ghost appeared to him. There are multiple levels that you can dive between as with the absolute best drama. Perhaps death doesn't really grant the death any peace. Hamlet, however, shows a lack of values when he slanders Ophelia in the play scene. The Norwegian prince seems determined to build up his kingdom no matter what the cost.
I've always wondered what Elsinore would be like after the royal family's death. For most, this happens through combat, such as the duel between Hamlet and Laerte, which kills them both. But would Blessing wish us to speak of this anyway? Hamlet, Fortinbras and Leartes are all very different people with different lives, but as these men interact in the play we learn that there are many circumstances surrounding them that mysteriously connect them. All three believed that the murderers had dishonoured their fathers as well as themselves. Hamlet dies as Fortinbras enters the room, leaving Horatio behind to tell the story of everything that had happened in the play. It may be his honesty through constant lying.