Polonius' Mistakes Essay

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Polonius' Mistakes

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. Polonius is in a high position in the Danish court, and he has a problem with talking too much. He is only concerned about his reputation, not Ophelia, "the young and innocent daughter of Polonius . . . ("Polonius"
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Polonius is appalled and states, "Affection? Pooh! You speak like a green girl . . ." (1.3.102). Polionus' quick judgment of their love for each other has caused him to speak this way. He claims that their love is unreal and he belittles her by saying she talks like she is immature and does not know anything. He states, "Think yourself a baby that you have ta'en these tenders for true pay which are not sterling" (1.3.106-108). Polonius tries to convince Ophelia not to accept love like any baby would, because babies are unaware of what kind of love they are being presented. Polonius is not interested in what Ophelia wants, "Tender yourself more dearly, or—not to crack the wind of the poor phrase, running it thus—you'll tender me a fool" (1.3.108-110). He believes she should offer herself more costly to someone else because he does not want to be embarrassed by their relationship. Ophelia disagrees, but he threatens her by saying, "Have you so slander any moment leisure as to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet. Look to't, I charge you" (1.3.134-136). He forbids her from seeing Hamlet at all, and if she even speaks to him, Polonius will punish her. In Shakespeare A to Z, Charles Boyce states, "He bars Ophelia from any contact with Hamlet, presuming that the prince's professions of love cannot be truthful . . ." (509). Polonius comes up with the conclusion that Hamlet's feelings are wrong and that she cannot see him
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