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Character Foils in Hamlet

By Adelaide Shiu, Mariko Omata

Adelaide Babichui

on 27 November 2012

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Character Foils in Hamlet By Adelaide, Mariko Foils is a contrast with other characters in order to highlight particular qualities of the other characters Meaning of FOILS The characters that are foils in Hamlet including Laertes, Fortinbras, Horatio and Claudius Character Foils in HAMLET LAERTES The similarity between Laertes and Hamlet is that they are both care about Ophelia which is their first similarity. The second similarity is that, both of them are kept a watchful eye by their father. The next similarity is that they both have experiences on family member's death, and in final they are both trying to take revenge on their father's death. Laertes The similarity between Fortinbras and Hamlet they are both the Prince of their countries. Secondly, they have both lost their father and wanted to take revenge on it. Fortinbras The differences between Laertes and Hamlet is that, Laertes decides to take revenge immediately and although they both love Ophelia but in a different way The differences between Fortinbras and Hamlet is that Fortinbras acts more quickly in the revenge on his father. Also, Fortinbras's plan of revenge didn't kill the people that are not include, but for Hamlet, his revenge had killed many others life Horatio Horatio is very different from Hamlet.
Horatio is a calming people comparing with Hamlet's anger, when Horatio meets something strange like the Ghost King Hamlet, he is always very calm and smart to think of solutions. Comparing with Horatio, Hamlet always getting mad with the thing happened around him, for example the quick marriage of his mother, the death of his father and so on. The similarity of both character is that they both kill the King in the play Claudius The main differences between Claudius and Hamlet is that Claudius kill King Hamlet as he wanted to become the King and be with the King's wife, but for Hamlet, he wanted to kill Claudius as he wanted to take revenge on Claudius for his father's death. LAERTES FORTINBRAS “To cut his throat i’th’ church”
“I will do’t,and for that purpose I’ll anoint my sword. "GHOST
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
Murder most foul, as in the best it is;
But this most foul, strange and unnatural.
Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift
As meditation or the thoughts of love,
May sweep to my revenge." “What art thou that usurp’st this time of night
Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak.”
“Stay! Speak, speak! I charge thee, speak!”
“A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye”
"If your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither and say you are not fit" Witness this army of such mass and charge,
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit with divine ambition puff’d,
Makes mouths at the invisible event,
Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death, and danger dare,
Even for an egg-shell. (4.4, 47-53) HORATIO
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