Asked • 06/29/19

Is there any significance in Shakespeare's use of the name "Laertes" (name of the father of Odysseus) in Hamlet?

Is there any significance in Shakespeare's use of "Laertes" (name of the father of Odysseus) in Hamlet? Do we associate the name with The Odyssey more strongly than Shakespeare, to whom it was just an available name with a nice ring to it? If there is a connection, what is it?

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Heather W. answered • 06/30/19

Literature instructor, specializing in Shakespeare

Max M. answered • 06/29/19

Harvard Literature major with 20 years of coaching writers

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