The Character Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay examples

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In Hamlet, Polonius is a well-respected and important person. It seems appropriate that he investigates and controls the behavior of his son Laertes and daughter Ophelia. He, as the Lord Chamberlain of Claudius' courts, is no longer a private person but a public one. What he or his children do has important communal, not just personal implications. However, if his actions and speeches are examined closer, it is evident that he is a limited and vain person who is overly concerned with his appearance and wears many masks to communicate with different people. By analyzing the speech in Act II, scene ii, 85-112 it is closely revealed that there are
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This is evident in his language full of signals and vanity:
This business is well ended/ my liege, and madam, to expostulate/ what majesty should be, what duty is/ why day is day, night night, and time is time/ were nothing but to waste night, day and time/ therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit/ and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes/
I will be brief, your noble son is mad. (II. ii. 85-94)

This speech is a wonderful relief from the tension and tragic seriousness throughout the tragedy. Here, it is evident that Polonius is the clown of the play. His use of metaphors and play on words, all delivered in the supreme confidence in his own ability, result in a crazy misrepresentation. What is most amusing is that Polonius is his own critic, when talking about night, day and time. He concludes, "brevity is the soul of wit." (II. ii.90) Also, after indulging in another exercise involving the words true and pity, he exclaims, "A foolish figure!" (II. ii. 98) Polonius tries to put on a show of his funniness by delivering a lecture about what he considers philosophical questions such as those about the nature of night, time, day and duty. However, this is all obvious and not worth speaking about to the reader. Polonius' funny language that emphasizes how profound this subject matter is in his opinion makes this all the more comical. Also the
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