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William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark

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In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Polonius is shown to be the bumbling counselor to King Claudius. He is considered a high class-citizen although he is below Hamlet and the king. When examined from a Marxist perspective, Polonius is often treated poorly by Hamlet because he is not in the same social rank as the prince; however, Polonius values his position as counselor highly and goes through great measures to assure that he keeps his job because it guarantees him a place in upper class society.
After developing a plan to find the root of Hamlet’s madness with the king, Hamlet walks in, and Polonius attempts to converse with him. At first, Hamlet’s remarks seem insane, but his words are laden with insults to Polonius. The prince comments that he agrees with his book which describes “that old men have… a plentiful lack of wit,” directing his jab at Polonius (II.II.193-195). His mocking shows that class is very important in the kingdom; because Polonius is of lower rank than Hamlet, Hamlet believes he has the right to insult Polonius. However, Polonius mistakes the affront on his age and intelligences as further proof of the prince’s insanity and leaves to exact his plan to find the source of the prince’s madness.
Hamlet openly mocks Polonius while with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, whispering “that/ great baby you see there is not yet out of his swaddling-clouts,” showing that Hamlet does not respect Polonius and feels that he can mock him because of
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