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Unformatted text preview: eventually murders Hamlet. Laertes is commonly viewed as a minor annoyance and antagonist to Hamlet. However, his actions and emotions are so similar to Hamlets that he can only be viewed as a rival. He loves Ophelia just as Hamlet does and both men are willing to murder to revenge their respective fathers demises. At one point, as Hamlets complexity builds and he becomes angered and bombastic, Laertes emerges as the short-lived protagonist, only for Hamlet to reestablish himself as the beloved prince....
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- Summer '07
- Hamlet, Hamlet, Laertes, Ophelia