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Discussing Hamlets speach with Polonius.

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Introduction

HAMLET "Farewell, Ophelia, and remember well What I have said to you." Line 88,Act 1 Sc 111. "Tis in my memory locked, And you yourself shall the keep the key of it. Line 90 Act 1 Sc 11.These were the last words Laertes and Ophelia exchanged before he left to France. It is when Polonius hears these words that he asks Ophelia what Laertes meant when he said, "Remember well What I have said to you". Ophelia then tells her father that it was about her relationship with Hamlet. Polonius then questions Ophelia about this so-called relationship. Which then brings me to speech Polonius and Ophelia have Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 122-143 which I have based my essay own. I will go in depth and explain different characteristics of this speech. This whole speech between Polonius and Ophelia, though Polonius does most of the talking. I think it would be fairly accurate to say that he is actually lecturing Ophelia. Polonius is telling Ophelia that Hamlet is no good and also telling Ophelia that she shouldn't give in to Hamlet so easily. Polonius in this speech also reveals to the reader what his true feelings of Hamlet are. ...read more.

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Polonius again uses personification to show us exactly what he think of Hamlet's promises in this quote "Do not believe his vows for they are brokers,"Act1, Sc3, Lines134-135, Polonius is talking about Hamlet's vows as if they were alive and they could actually break promises. This shows Hamlet's promises aren't worth anything. Polonius goes on to say that Hamlet is a fake in this next quote "Not of that dye which their investments shows" Act1, Sc3, Lines135, Polonius is saying that Hamlet is not the way his clothing or covering make him look. In this line Hamlet may be seen as an imposter or a hypocrite. In this next quote Polonius show us exactly what kind of person Hamlet is "Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds," Act1, Sc3, Lines 137 this metaphor means Hamlet is acting like a humble person so he can hide his obscene, vulgar personality. In other words Hamlet acts like someone else so he can hide his true self. At this point the reader can speculate from Polonius's speech that Hamlet is a rather nasty character or that Polonius has some hidden issues against Hamlet and that is why he is intent on giving Hamlet a bad name. ...read more.

Conclusion

Polonius compares Hamlet to many things and says a lot about what Hamlet is and is not. Polonius does it so much that the audience is feels that the Polonius could have is own secret issues with Hamlet. The audience is hearing a lot of criticism directed at Hamlet and the audience might start to think that Polonius's has other reasons for disapproving of Hamlet. This could mean that all the things said about Hamlet may not be true. How does the speech affect the rest of the play? This speech affects the rest of the play in the sense that Polonius's disapproval of Hamlet causes for Ophelia to tell Hamlet that their relationship is over and Hamlet is not very pleased by this. After this episode when Hamlet starts acting weird, even a little mad. Polonius automatically suggests it is because Ophelia has dumped Hamlet, and therefore convinces Claudius and Gertrude that is what is causing Hamlet's madness. Even though there is not direct evidence that implies Ophelia is the cause of Hamlet's madness, in fact the reader know this is not even the reason for Hamlet's madness further more Hamlet is not even mad. Polonius is simply playing devil's advocate. I think Polonius's extreme dislike of Hamlet that is revealed throughout the speech has affected the play in a number of ways. ...read more.

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