Like Hamlet, Laertes is a son confronted with a father’s death. To what extent does he function as a foil to Hamlet? What do they have in common? How do they differ?
Why does Hamlet delay killing Claudius? What are the reasons for his hesitation? How valid are they? How many times does he have the opportunity to attack Claudius? What are his reasons for not doing so? What does his delaying reveal about his nature?