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Hamlet: Laertes An Important Character In Play
Though seeming to simply be a minor character, Laertes is of great
importance in the play, Hamlet, and much more than one would initially believe,
due to his extensive inner conflict. He is good, loyal, and honourable, seeming
to possess the greatest virtue of all the characters, yet he still is doomed to
die along with the other characters, precisely because of his great virtue.
As Scene Two begins, in the first lines which Laertes speaks in the play,
he requests that King Claudius allow him to return to his duties in France. This
is important from the viewpoint tha....