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What is the significance of this advice from Claudius to Laertes?

“that we would do
We should do when we would; for this 'would' changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this 'should' is like a spendthrift sigh,
That hurts by easing”


It displays Claudius’s genuine affection for Laertes, as it is a wise and caring statement from someone who is typically more concerned with his own well-being than with the well-being of others.


It indicates that Claudius recognizes the unlikelihood of Hamlet’s successful revenge, since Hamlet has communicated his knowledge of Claudius’s crime but has not yet exacted revenge upon him.


It is a shameless attempt to exploit Laertes, as it is surprisingly poor advice from an elder who should encourage him to pause and carefully consider his actions rather than following his impulses.


It is an example of the disconnect between generations, because Claudius speaks in terms Laertes cannot understand and so their poignancy is lost on Laertes.


It conveys the fundamental emptiness of words, as Laertes is determined to avenge his father’s death regardless of what counsel Claudius may impart to him.

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