Laertes, then, is too free. He has an incendiary mind and savagery in his body. Whether or not these are his actual faults (breathed quaintly) or forged ones, is still not clear to me.
I will say that a Laertes struggling to oe’ermaster a quicksilver brain and a body built to break the world around it is a more interesting Laertes than one who is virtuous and checked up on by an overprotective parent. A Laertes who has to fight to keep his temper, who has to work at being politic and civil is a Laertes with demons. That’s a Laertes worth putting opposite the prince at the center of this play.