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What About Polonius One of the main characters in the play Hamlet written by William Shakespeare is Polonius Polonius is the father of Laertes and Ophelia and is also the right hand man to the king Claudius He is a man who is nosy and is constantly babbling about something yet is a loving father and a loyal servant to the state Or is he What exactly is the nature of Polonius How important was he to Shakespeares epic play Did he really have to die What about Polonius The audience is first introduced to Polonius when his son Laertes decides that he wants to return to Paris to finish college At first glance through a long-winded speech Polonius acts as a caring father should He gives his son advice such as Give every man thine ear but few thy voice or Take each mans censure but reserve thy judgment and to thy own self be true Later though he talks about clothing and outward appearances In fact he goes off on this subject warning Laertes to not look gaudy and rich He seems more concerned about how Laertes appears to be then who he actually is Polonius gives a double standard for the boy to follow In that same act after Laertes leaves Polonius has another conversation with his other child his ill-fated daughter Ophelia Ophelia tells her father everything we assume about her relationship with Hamlet Polonius tears right into the poor girl with comments such as You speak like a green girl or Think yourself a baby That you have taen these tenders for true pay making him appear like a rotten old man Why would Polonius not want Ophelia to get involved with a prince Many people have debated why Polonius ends up forbidding Ophelia from seeing Hamlet Some say that Hamlet was too high ranking for Ophelia and that their marriage would have seemed unlikely in
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