But good Laertes, Will you do this, keep close within your chamber.

Go to your room, Laertes!
And stay there, like a good boy, until I tell you to come out.

It is remarkable how easily Laertes goes from starting a coup to being told to go to his room and be quiet. I mean, Hamlet has his flaws – but he sees right through Claudius. I suppose that’s why he’s the hero of this play – rather than Laertes. Guys who get played like this aren’t actually that like-able.


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