Why does Hamlet not want to kill Claudius?
Hamlet doesn’t kill Claudius at this point because he believes that Claudius is praying. He says that killing the king NOW would be “hire and salary, not revenge!” He simply cannot send Claudius to heaven, where he would surely go were he killed just after praying and purging his sins.
How are Fortinbras and Hamlet similar?
Both are the sons of powerful kings who have been slain. King Fortinbras lost in battle with King Hamlet, who is later killed by Claudius, his brother. Both the young men have their uncles sitting on the throne of their country. Both are sons who have vowed to avenge the deaths of their fathers.
What is the most significant difference between Hamlet and Fortinbras?
Fortinbras is very bold about his choice of attack and is determined to destroy Denmark and Claudius by using his army whereas Hamlet is sly and indecisive about his plan and acting like a madman to confuse everyone and get the job done easily.
How does Hamlet feel about Fortinbras?
Hamlet describes Fortinbras as a “delicate and tender prince” (line 51). Hamlet describes Fortinbras as “with divine ambition puffed” (line 52), which means Fortinbras is very ambitions and determined. Hamlet says Fortinbras “makes mouths” (line 53), or makes faces, at his likely death.
Why does Hamlet give Denmark to Fortinbras?
Fortinbras is the nephew of the King of Norway. In order to avenge his father’s death, Fortinbras invades Denmark and ends up taking the Danish crown for himself, thereby living up to his name, which means “strong-armed.” Fortinbras demonstrates how the son of a murdered king is supposed to behave.
What does Fortinbras say about Hamlet at the end?
Fortinbras recognizes the irony of this when he comments that “it is with sorrow that I embrace my fortune.” His first act as king is to give Hamlet the funeral dignity he deserves and thus Fortinbras’s presence provides a proper sense of closure to a play that ends in so many deaths.
Is Hamlet genuinely sorry for Ophelia’s death?
Interestingly, Hamlet never expresses a sense of guilt over Ophelia’s death, which he indirectly caused through his murder of Polonius.