Essay Archive - Hamlet: Impulsive Behavior
Hamlet: Impulsive Behavior
Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive reactions when angered. Once
Laertes discovers his father has been murdered Laertes immediately assumes
the slayer is Claudius. As a result of Laertes's speculation he
instinctively moves to avenge Polonius's death. "To hell, allegiance! vows,
to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! I dare
damnation: to this point I stand, that both worlds I give to negligence,
let come what comes; only I'll be revenged most thoroughly for my father."
Act 4 Scene 5 lines 128-134 provide insight into Laertes's ....