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Laertes wants her to stop because Hamlet is a prince who may not carve for himself Ophelia is too far beneath Hamlet socially for their relationship to have any hope of surviving Hamlet is bound to end up in a political marriage to the Princess of Poland or somewhere One possible mistake is to believe that Laertes really believes that Hamlet is dallying with her affections following his first speech Laertes wants her to persuade herself that this is the case in order to make it easier for her to drop the prince Think it no more my emphasis Polonius is far more cynical He believes his daughter is a baby whom Hamlet intends to trap into bed The princes words are those of a man whose blood is burning with lust a lust which lends the tongue the sincere promises Hamlet has made Laertes is probably the more reasonable At least his worries are based on the fact that Hamlet is a prince rather than mere suspicion But even he in his offensive warning to Ophelia to fear the power of her lust has a low opinion of the affair and of women Both men are obsessed by family honour an important theme in the play and the preservation of Ophelias chaste treasure The Hamlet we have met in Act 1 scene 2 doesnt look like the sort of man to dally with a young girls affections especially considering that he is so agonised by his mothers infidelity
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