Claudius is hamlet's uncle and serves as an immediate foil to the prince hamlet wants to be king following his father's death, but claudius marries hamlet's mother and assumes the throne once hamlet learns that claudius killed his father, he begins his journey of revenge. Hamlet - the prince of denmark, the title character, and the protagonist about thirty years old at the start of the play, hamlet is the son of queen gertrude and the late king hamlet, and the nephew of the present king, claudius. He is supported or schemed against by a variety of characters, many of who act as a character foil to hamlet a foil is used as a parallel and contrasts the main character, letting us better see his various traits, reasoning behind decisions or important differences.
In conclusion, the tragic flaw of hamlet, his indecisiveness is clearly seen when we look at character foils it is the similarities and differences between hamlet and the other minor characters that further our understanding of him. There are two sets of fathers (hamlet sr/claudius and polonius), and two sets of children (hamlet and laertes/ophelia) what we are trying to say here is that family #1 is a foil for family #2. Then hamlet went away to wittenberg and laertes to paris, parting the friendship still, hamlet refers to laertes as a very noble youth hamlet recognizes what shakespeare has made abundantly clear throughout the play, that laertes is hamlet's foil.
Claudius is hamlet's uncle and serves as an immediate foil to the prince hamlet wants to be king following his father's death, but claudius marries hamlet's mother and assumes the throne. This succinctness may be a symptom of his militaristic nature, for he is a man of action more than words nonetheless, this quality is admirable, and near, death, hamlet claims the prince of norway is likely to be the next king (52, 355-6) though he two are foils of each other, hamlet deeply respects fortinbras it seems. Foil character role analysis hamlet and claudius does hamlet want to kill his father and sleep with his mother maybe if so, claudius is a perfect foil for hamlet, because claudius does what hamlet only thinks about doing: killing hamlet sr, and then marrying gertrude.
Still, hamlet refers to laertes as a very noble youth hamlet recognizes what shakespeare has made abundantly clear throughout the play, that laertes is hamlet's foil he mirrors hamlet but behaves in the opposite manner where hamlet is verbal, laertes is physical where hamlet broods, laertes blusters. A foil is a character who, through strong contrast and striking similarities, underscores the protagonist's distinctive characteristics hamlet shares many distinct characteristics and situations with both laertes, son of the slain polonius, and fortinbras, son of the slain king of norway. Shakespeare uses the similarities and differences between the foils to accentuate the alternate routes prince hamlet could have taken in his quest for revenge after the death of king hamlet, the queen gertrude and the king's younger brother claudius marry hastily(121-13. Character foils in hamlet by adelaide, mariko foils is a contrast with other characters in order to highlight particular qualities of the other characters meaning of foils the characters that are foils in hamlet including laertes, fortinbras, horatio and claudius character foils in hamlet laertes the similarity between laertes and hamlet is that they are both care about ophelia which is their first similarity.
Thus the audience would note how hamlet shows particular aspects of his own character and personality by behaving differently from others in a similar situation for example, ophelia's apparently genuine madness is a foil for hamlet's supposedly feigned 'antic disposition' there are two characters in the play who are obvious foils for hamlet.