Enter Laertes and Ophelia: Some editors add a stage direction here, indicating that this scene takes place in a room in Polonius' house, but Laertes' "necessaries are inbark'd" 1. That is, his luggage is already checked in, and "the wind sits in the shoulder of the sail," so the place is more likely to be a dock.
We can imagine the boarding gate at an airport, where urgent things are said, things that can't wait any longer to be said. First, Laertes wants his sister to write to him. Then, after she promises to do so, he starts talking about Hamlet. It's clear that he doesn't have a high opinion of the prince.
Laertes calls Hamlet's "favor" to Ophelia "trifling," and warns her that it is like a violet, early to appear in the spring, and early to die.
He doesn't quite complete the thought, but he apparently wants to contrast Hamlet's temporary "favor" with a true love that would grow and deepen. Perhaps Ophelia shows her unhappiness with all of this, because Laertes makes a small concession, saying, "perhaps he loves you now," but then he goes on to point out that Hamlet, as a prince of Denmark, can't marry just anyone.
Hamlet is a prince, but Ophelia is not a princess, and Hamlet needs the approval of "the main voice of Denmark. So, for whatever reason, Laertes is convinced that Ophelia cannot marry Hamlet. And if she can't marry him, then the relationship can only harm her. She could "lose [her] heart, or [her] chaste treasure open" 1.
He doesn't stop there, and as he goes on, it becomes clear that although he may love his sister, he doesn't have a very high opinion of her, either.
He compares her to springtime flowers, which may be diseased even before they start to bloom. Finally, he reminds her that she is young, and "youth to itself rebels, though none else near" 1. In short, Laertes warns Ophelia that she is danger because she is weak, and that fear is her best defense.
Ophelia says that she will take his "good lesson" to heart, but she tries to stand up for herself a little, too, saying that he should walk his talk and not tread "the primrose path of dalliance" 1. But Laertes is a firm believer in the double standard, and just says "O, fear me not," even though his father later has a strong suspicion that he is visiting French whorehouses.
Enter Polonius Then Polonius shows up, and he--like his son--is full of advice. Polonius starts by telling his son to get "aboard, aboard" 1.Act 3 Scene 4 Hamlet talks with mother after requested to but is suspicious of eavesdropping since it has happened countless times recently so he goes to hurt mother as a ploy to catch the spy (believing its Claudius when in fact it's Polonius).
The contrast between the dead King Hamlet (“he was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again”) and the new King (“no more like my father than I to Hercules”) upsets Hamlet greatly. Feb 11, · This quote shows the contrast between heaven and hell and how Laertes want to have revenge for his fathers death, much like Hamlet.
It is interesting to see all of the characters evolove throughout the entire play. Laertes serves as Hamlet’s character foil, meaning that Laertes possesses characteristics that contrast with Hamlet’s, which allows the parallel between the two characters to grow.
The audience can now see how another person would act after a father’s murder, realizing now that Hamlet’s scheme is unorthodox. Hamlet—William Shakespeare Act I, Scene I 1. How does Shakespeare begin the play with an immediate sense of suspense?
Contrast Claudius’ and Laertes’ reasons for being in Denmark.
Act I, Scene III. What does Hamlet admit to Horatio and the . Horatio is a skeptical and intelligent young man, in Act Four, scene six, Hamlet asks Horatio to save him from the pirates, and this shows that Hamlet trusts Horatio greatly.
Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark and the protagonist of the play.