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Polonius is an interesting and complicated character who plays an important part in Hamlet. Although he is not one of the main characters, Polonius serves as the nosy chief counselor to King Claudius

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Polonius's Traits Leads to His Fatal End The characters play important roles in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Each character is unique in his of her contribution to the entire play. Without certain characters, the play would not have the same effect. Polonius is an interesting and complicated character who plays an important part in Hamlet. Although he is not one of the main characters, Polonius serves as the nosy chief counselor to King Claudius. Polonius's destructive personality and meddling behavior leads to his fatal end. Polonius's first extended speaking scene is in Act I, Scene 3. In this scene, Laertes is speaking to his sister Ophelia about Hamlet's attention towards her. He warns her to protect her virtues. Polonius arrives and reminds his son that he should be on his way to Paris. Right after Laertes leaves, Polonius turns to his daughter and asks her what they were discussing before he entered the room. Although it may be common for a father to be concern with his daughter's life, Polonius did not act concerned- just ignorant and criticizing. ...read more.

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Polonius does not trust his son and does the dishonorable thing of sending a spy. Why would Polonius give Laertes fatherly advice and still not trust his son? This shows another weakness of Polonius. He cannot learn to trust others. He is a hypocrite for asking his son to be honorable when he cannot listen to his own advice. Polonius is proven not to be an honorable man and this ironically is how he was killed. Polonius did the unthinkable act of spying and eavesdropping on a private conversation and is killed. If Polonius had listen to his own advice to his son, Polonius would have never mettle in Hamlet's life and continually spy on him. Polonius's job is to be King Claudius's chief counselor. Part of the job description is to help Claudius sort out information and make wise decisions. But there are moments when it seems as though Polonius wants to make the final word, as oppose to letting Claudius make the final decision. This shows that Polonius likes to meddle in other people's business, including his own king's life. ...read more.

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During Hamlet's and Gertrude's conversation, she is frightened by Hamlet which prompts Polonius to echo a cry out for help. Thinking Polonius was the king, Hamlet thrusts his rapier into the arras and kills him, whom Hamlet describes as a "fool" (3.4.38). Even Hamlet recognizes that Polonius's death is avoidable if only he had stayed out of everyone's personal business. Polonius's sudden death is caused by his nosy, meddling ways. He is out to seek the truth about Hamlet and, ironically, is killed by Hamlet. If Polonius stopped meddling in Hamlet's life in Act II, Scene 1, he would still be alive to be by the King's side. Instead, he forces his way into finding secrets that do not involves him and ends up dead. Polonius's destructive and prying personality is what kills him. Polonius plays an important role in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. He meddles in other characters' lives. He also sticks his nose into others' situations. He is a selfish, suspicious, dishonorable, and nosy. These qualities are destructive and that is why his life ended so tragically. Polonius's early death foreshadows the other characters' deaths later in the play. ...read more.

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