ACT IV, Sc. 4, Lines 1-7: Consider the introduction of the character Fortinbras. Compare the character traits expressed in this short speech by Fortinbras with the character shown by Hamlet up until this point.

Enter Fortinbras with his army marching over the stage.

Fortinbras. Go, Captain, from me greet the Danish king.

Tell him that by his licence Fortinbras

Craves the conveyance of a promised march

Over his kingdom. You know the rendezvous.

If that his Majesty would aught with us,

We shall express our duty in his eye;

And let him know so.

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Young Fortinbras has arrived on Danish soil with an army of two thousand men. He plans to walk through Denmark to attack Poland. Hamlet is impressed that Young Fortinbras would risk so many men for a piece of worthless ground in Poland. Fortinbras is a man of action who loves to fight. He becomes Hamlet's character foil. Where Hamlet thinks seemingly endlessly, young Fortinbras carries out his actions decisively and violently.