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Hamlet Character Profile: Fortinbras

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Natalie Rivera

on 15 December 2014

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Transcript of Hamlet Character Profile: Fortinbras

Reason Behind visual and design representation of Fortinbra
The map revealing many lands and in a sense of a kingdom represents Fortinbra's main purpose through out the play. He seeks to reclaim land once lost by his father to honor him. Through raising army to attack Demark and later instead go for Poland. The visual image and design represents Fortinbras the prince of Norway, the soldier and the leader of an army.
Hamlet Character Profile: Fortinbras
Visual Foreshadowing
The visual and design not only represents the character but from the events of the play also foreshadows his future of becoming a ruler.
The Prince of Norway, the son of King Fortinbras whose father the king was killed by Hamlet’s father and for that wishes to attack Denmark to avenge his father’s death and honor.
Personality Traits and Personal Attributes
Fortinbras's future is a bright future based on his actions. Unlike many of the other characters he is a stabilizing force in the play and has a strong relationship with his family that avoid the worst the happening the future.
"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)
This quote develops the character through revealing his intentions from another perspective. Fortinbras will not stay as things after his father was killed but rather raise an army. As Horatio guesses Fortinbras is going " to recover of us, by strong hand/ And terms of compulsatory, those foresaid land/ so by his father lost". Which also brings that Fortinbras more than anything want not only revenge but bring honor back to his father.
Here Fortinbras sets right what has gone wrong with the action carried by Hamlet. Knowing that death in battle and murder are different. He may be a soldier but not a murder for him there is no honor and glory in this moment. Therefore also showing Fortinbras is only character left with the strength fix everything.
This quote develops Fortinbras as he is speaking with the Captain of his army. He is being very forceful because of his determination and desire to win back the land revealing much about him. Everytime Fortinbras is introduced or is talked about, he shows his strength and persistance to make his father proud.
Character Analysis
In Hamlet , Fortinbras is the Norwegian Prince and the son of King Fortinbras that was killed by the Old King Hamlet. An action that begins Fortinbras intention to seek revenge of his father's death along with regaining lost land that becomes his motivation to bring honor to his dead father. Whlie his uncle claims the throne that he not only changes Fortinbras's actions but shifts them to a different direction. All of Fortinbras’s intentions and motivation reveal his true character that hold the importance of loyalty to authority and respect for family. With Fortinbras speaking only a few lines than other characters his significance in the play could seem unimportant but that is not the case. Throughout the play Fortinbras serves as a parallel to Hamlet with many similarities. Fortinbras situation resembles that of Hamlet having his father was king, his uncle is ruling, and he wants revenge over his father’s death. They are motived largely by their father’s deaths. The character of Fortinbras in a way becomes a story within the story of Hamlet. Their lives should not fool the audience though Fortinbras is a man of action and Hamlet is a man of thought or words. Fotinbras become the man Hamlet wants be realizing that while he is contemplating the thought of killing Claudius, he see Fortinbras actually taking action upon his revenge. This creates the division of the character and what their lives will become.Fortinbras is a complex, almost unpredictable character rarely speaking his mind, his reasoning that remains unknown. Very early in his story he is soldier trained in the ways of war but show himself to be more than that with his ideas of honor and glory. He also brings stability and order through the difficult moments and has the capability of surrendering to greater authority. Fortinbras ultimately circles the action of the play while adding complexion to the attitudes of the other characters .
"This quarry cries havoc, O proud death,

What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,

That thou so many princes at a shot

So boldly strool [. . . .]

Such a sight as this

Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss". (5.2, 364-7)
"On Fortinbras, which he, in brief, obeys

Receives rebuke from Norway, and in fine,

Makes vow before his uncle never more

To give th'assay of arms against your Majesty" (2.2, 68 - 71)
This quote reveals Fortinbras's respect for him family and loyalty to authority. Even though he is a soldier and a price, he knows there are forces with stronger authority than him. With that Fortinbras honors the choices of those forces.
Although loyalty isn't is important to Fortinbras, he holds glory and honor high in his mind. Through Hamlet's eyes in this moment the audience see Fortinbras' s actions focused on family honor and glory. As the captain of Fortinbras's army says to Hamlet "We go to gain a little patch of ground/ That hath in it no profit but the name". Showing he is going to fight the polish for glory rather than financial gain. This also then leads Hamlet to admire Fortinbras.
"Young Fortinbras

Holding a weak supposal of our worth,

Or thinking by our late dear brother's death

Our state to be disjoint and out frame,

Co-leagued with this dream of his advantage,

He hath not fail'd to pester us with message

Importing the surrender of those lands

Lost by his father"(1.2, 17-24 )

"Go, Captain, from me greet the Danish king. Tell him that by his license Fortinbras craves the conveyance of a promised march over his kingdom." (IV.4.1-4)
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