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  • Polonius's Theory Of Hamlet's Madness
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    The first part of this scene, between Polonius and Reynaldo, is not necessary to the plot of the play, and is often cut from performances. That's a shame, because it's lots of fun. Polonius thinks he is very wise, and Reynaldo, a sort of superior butler, knows otherwise. Polonius is sending money and "notes" (maybe more advice) to his son, Laertes, but he's suspicious about what Laertes might be up to. He seems to assume that if Laertes is fooling around, he will lie about it, so Polonius has a ...
  • Ophelia's First Protest To Polonius
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    Assignment 1: Explication from Hamlet (1.3. 111-137) ("My lord, he hath importuned me with love.".. [end of scene]. Ophelia and Polonius have a father-daughter discussion toward the end of Act 1 where Polonius, concerned father that he is, warns his daughter Ophelia of becoming too involved with Hamlet. This warning comes just as Laertes, brother and son, has bid farewell. Laertes has just warned Ophelia himself of getting involved with Hamlet-this is the first time the audience is alerted to th...
  • Laertes Stabs Hamlet With The Poisoned Sword
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    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark I. a) Time: Sixteenth Century b) Place: Denmark c) Preliminary situation: King Hamlet, King of Denmark is killed. Hamlet the Prince's uncle, Claudius, receives the throne and marries Queen Gertrude. II. a) Initial Incident: A ghost appears to Marcellus and another guard who decide to inform Hamlet of it's presence. b) Rising Action: 1.2 Claudius, the new King, is holding court and thanks his subjects for their support. He then sends an ambassador to Norwa...
  • Hamlet And Ophelia
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    OPHELIA S ROLE IN THE DOWNFALL OF HAMLET In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet can be viewed as a character having two very opposing personalities: there is the intellectual Hamlet, school [ed] in Wittenberg, gentle and loving (I. ii. 117); yet, there is also the cruel Hamlet, who murders Polonius and plans to avenge Claudius, along with having bloody thoughts (IV. iv. 69). Many factors contribute to this character duality, ranging from the death (or, rather murder) of his father to the rejection by O...
  • Hamlet's Mind
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    Was Hamlet insane? Scholars have debated this question ever since Shakespeare presented this play to the public. Although I am not a scholar, I believe that there is enough evidence in the play to suggest Hamlet had been sane. He may have been depressed and angry however this was due to the treachery and betrayal contaminating Denmark. The insanity act had been an instrument to allow Hamlet the freedom to achieve his goal of revenge. When the audience first meets Hamlet, he is dressed in black. ...
  • Combined Schemes Of Hamlet And King Claudius
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    The Real Tragedy Of Hamlet In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the death or murder of a character becomes very frequent. Although many people die. It is a result of their own wrong-doing. You could almost say they deserved what they got. But there were deaths of people, that were due to the manipulation from the royalty. A good example can be found in the family of Polonius'. The real tragedy of Hamlet is not that of Hamlet or his family but of Polonius' family because their deaths were ...
  • Way Polonius
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    POLONIUS, THE GOOD FATHER I agree with the statement that Polonius, adviser in the court of King Claudius of Denmark, is a good father who desires what is best for his children. Although he may be a fussy and overcautious old man, Polonius constantly gives good advice and his best wishes to both his children, Laertes and Ophelia. Before Laertes is about to go to France, Polonius talks to him and tells him all of his good advice. While Polonius tells Laertes all of his good advice, he says, 'My b...
  • Hamlet's Attitude Towards Polonius
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    Hamlet: Nice Work! In Hamlet, Shakespear writes about a prince named Hamlet. The prince, troubled by his father's murder, wants revenge from Claudius the murderer. Although Shakespear wrote this play four centuries ago, many trends mentioned in Hamlet are still alive today. For instance, heinous crimes are still committed to gain power and fortune. People like Polonius still pretend to dignify their superiors to achieve recognition. The concept of supernatural beings also exists today. All the c...
  • Hamlet Thought Claudius
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    Hamlet is continuously wanting to do something but does nothing. He is forced to make decisions based on his moral and religious beliefs. Hamlet is as little of the hero as a man can be. He is incapable of action, and is only hurried into extremities on the spur of the occasion when he has no time to reflect. At other times, when he is bound to act, he remains puzzled, undecided, and skeptical. He dallies with his purposes, until the occasion is lost. Hamlet's first scene with his mother reveals...
  • Scholars View Polonius As A Character
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    Polonius: A Fool in Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is the most popular of Shakespeare's plays for theater audiences and readers. It has been acted live in countries throughout the world and has been translated into every language. Polonius is one of the major characters in Hamlet, his role in the play is of great interest to scholars. Parts of Hamlet present Polonius as a fool, whose love of his own voice leads to his constant babbling. Scholars have been analyzing the character ofPolonius for cent...
  • Killings Hamlet
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    Hamlet: Hamlet Defeated By His Own Flaws In William Shakespeare's well known tragic play, Hamlet, the main character Hamlet is defeated by his own flaws. These flaws are the killing ofPolonius, the killing of Claudius, and most of all by Hamlet being misled by the Ghost. The killing of Polonius is a major flaw of Hamlets because it got him killed by Laertes. Also the killing of his uncle Claudius was tragic, since he was his uncle and he made Hamlet very angry towards his mother. The last and mo...
  • Second Soliloquy Hamlet Calls On The Audience
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    ... his 'To be or not to be's soliloquy, Hamlet knows how much of a coward he has been and illustrates this in his final soliloquy by comparing himself to Fortinbras. He admires Fortinbras for the mere fact that he can retain control of his state and his army, whereas Hamlet can barely control himself. Hamlet also says, 'Rightly to be great / Is not to stir without great argument, /But greatly to find quarrel in a straw / When honor's at the stake' (IV, iv, 56-59). By this, he is finally realizi...
  • Learning Of Hamlet's Madness Over Ophelia
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    Polonius' Mistakes There are many parents who are too strict and do not let their children do things that might embarrass them. Other times a parent may use their child to do certain things in order to gain social prestige. Polonius demonstrates a similar type of behavior in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Polonius is "a domestic tyrant wreaking on his son and his daughter revenge for his own spoiled life" (Bloom 111) and "is an elderly and longwinded courtier and chief counselor" (Dominic 96) to the king...
  • Hamlet Of Claudius Crime
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    Central Question of the Play How does an individual react when he develops an obsession with destroying the powerful force ruling his country, yet risks experiencing psychological estrangement, occurring at multiple levels within himself, if he attempts to destroy that force This is the central question that Shakespeare explores in his play Hamlet, which is a character study of an individual harboring just such an obsession, entailing just such a risk. Introduction That Hamlet is obsessed with d...
  • Hamlet To Rosencrantz And Guildenstern
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    Pleading with Hamlet not to follow the Ghost, Horatio asks him to think about what might happen if the Ghost "assume some other horrible form, / Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason / And draw you into madness. Horatio believes that the Ghost is not Hamlet's father in the form of a ghost, but a spirit in the form of Hamlet's father. That spirit could instantly take on another shape or lure Hamlet to the edge of a cliff, where the sight of the depth "so many fathoms to the sea" puts "to...
  • Ophelia's Betrayal Of Hamlet
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    Hamlet / Ophelia True Love Betrayed I would have to strongly disagree with Nicole's interpretation of Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship. They were most certainly lovers. Hamlet did without question offer Ophelia "tenders" of his affection, and we know this because she must return them to Hamlet. In addition, we also have the letter read from Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude in which Hamlet writes to Ophelia I did love thee once. So indeed, Hamlet did love Ophelia, and evidence is also in the pl...
  • Polonius Role
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    "Tedious old fool", that's the phrase that comes to mind when referring to one of key characters in Shakespeare's classic, Hamlet. Polonius the father of Ophelia and Laertes and chief advisor to Claudius. Hamlet more than any character in the play has a command over the audience in respect to how the other characters are perceived. So when he refers to Polonius as a "tedious old fool" what else is the reader to think of this key player throughout the play Many readers when considering his role i...
  • First Step To Convincing Polonius Hamlet
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    Hamlet Knows Exactly Where He is Going Madness fascinated William Shakespeare's contemporaries, perhaps in part because it was still not entirely clear how or when madness as a disease was to be distinguished from demonic possession or spiritual ecstasy. Mad characters were a staple of William Shakespeare's stage and such figures were particularly associated with revenge plays. Hamlet's distraction, then, is notable in part because it is feigned. In Hamlet is the exploration and implicit critici...
  • Hamlet Polonius
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    Character Analysis of Polonius Although Polonius is not a main character in Hamlet, he serves to reinforce the pattern of corruption, and demonstrates the social and moral decay of Denmark. His devious ways show the audience that he is one of many characters who lack conviction and integrity. Throughout Hamlet Polonius is a hypocrite who looks out for his own interests, and betrays those he should be loyal to. These aspects of his character are revealed in his relationships with the King, Opheli...
  • Polonius Spying on Hamlet
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    In William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, many of the characters resort to spying in order to find out information. Some instances of spying occur because of the lack of trust there is between the characters in this play. Even the women, who appear to be innocent and meek, are deceitful and untrustworthy. Spying is an integral part of the play but none of the characters truly benefit from spying and all who participate display the negative aspects of their character. Polonius is the best example of...

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