act 4 scene 5
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In contrast to Hamlet, Laertes doesn't think before he acts. He enters the castle displaying his anger, and he is about to act rashly to avenge his father's unexplained death. Whatever he did outside the castle has whipped the crowd of Danes into a frenzy. His hasty action in contrast to Hamlet's indecisiveness is one example of how he is a foil to Hamlet. Claudius has to calm Laertes down in order to redirect his anger towards Hamlet.