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Alcohol abuse

             Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive reactions when .
             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 mind displaying his desire for revenge .
             at any cost. In contrast to Laertes speculation of his father's .
             killer, Hamlet presumes the individual spying on his conversation with .
             Gertrude is Claudius("Nay, I know not: is it the King?" Act 3, Scene 4 .
             line 28). Consequently, Hamlet consumed with rage automatically .
             thrusts out attempting to kill Claudius, but instead strikes Polonius. .
             Hamlet's and Laertes's imprudent actions are incited by fury and .
             frustration. Sudden anger prompts both Hamlet and Laertes to act .
             spontaneously, giving little thought to the consequences of their .
             actions. .
             Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep love and concern .
             for Ophelia. Before his departure for France Laertes provides .
             lengthy advice to Ophelia pertaining to her relationship with Hamlet. .
             Laertes voices his concern of Hamlet's true intentions towards Ophelia .
             and advices her to be wary of Hamlet's love. Laertes impresses upon .
             Ophelia, Hamlet is a prince who most likely will have an arranged .
             marriage. Hamlet's strong love for Ophelia withers after she rejects .
             his affinity. Hamlet's extensive love for Ophelia resulted in grave .
             suffering for Hamlet once his affection was rejected. Hamlet's .
             appearance decays due to the rejection of his love for Ophelia("Pale .
             as his shirt, his knees knocking each other" Act 2, Scene 1, line 82). .
             The loss of Ophelia's love for Hamlet instigates Polonius into .

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