Hamlet, ophelia and polonius
Polonius asks her about her relationship with Hamlet. She tells him that Hamlet claims to love her. Polonius sternly echoes Laertes' advice, and forbids Ophelia. After he leaves, Polonius orders her to break off the relationship and. Polonius' prohibition is more powerful after Laertes warning. However They agree to test it by arranging to have Ophelia meet Hamlet as if by accident. Polonius' Warning to Ophelia shows that he does not particularly like or trust Hamlet; however when he What is the relationship between Hamlet and Laertes?.
Laertes appears to have been instructed by Polonius to discourage her, probably believing that an elder brother has greater influence over a younger sister than a father. However, Ophelia is of sufficient rank to marry Hamlet. Polonius is a man of high state and nobility. Laertes protests to Claudius that Polonius was not buried in a manner fitting his high rank. As Claudius says to Laertes: He may well have helped Claudius obtain the throne.
He must choose between Claudius and Hamlet. If he becomes father- in-law to Hamlet, it would put Polonius in an impossible situation.
Claudius would no longer be able to trust him. If he helped Claudius to the throne, would he not try to do the same for his son-in-law and make his daughter queen?
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He emphasizes that he forced Ophelia to break off her relationship with Hamlet, and that he told her: Out of his anger and bitterness he mocks Polonius and calls him names and a fool. Even after killing Polonius he continues: This counsellor is now most still, most silent, most grave, who was in life a foolish prating nave. Yet, It is unlikely that a man as smart as Claudius would have a fool as his chief advisor.
Indeed, Polonius is a shrewd judge of human nature, as demonstrated by his advice to Laertes as he departs for France, 1. Polonius prides himself on finding things out. She tells this to Polonius and that she has refused to see him and to receive his letters.Hamlet - Act 1 Scene 3 - My necessaries are embarked.
Hamlet is thought to be mad, and Polonius reasonably believes that his madness is due to her rejection of him. Polonius reports his belief to Claudius and Gertrude. They agree to test it by arranging to have Ophelia meet Hamlet as if by accident.
Mistrusted Love - Polonius Speaks to Ophelia
Hamlet probably suspects that he is being spied upon. Learning of the cause of Hamlet's frequent visits, Polonius in excitement catechises his daughter. His impassioned words "extort from her in short sentences, uttered with a bashful reluctance, the confession of Hamlet's love for her, but not a word of her own love for him.
The whole scene is managed with inexpressible delicacy; it is one of those instances common in Shakespeare in which we are allowed to perceive what is passing in the mind of a person without any consciousness on their part. Only Ophelia herself is unaware that while she is admitting the extent of Hamlet's courtship, she is also betraying how deep an impression it has made, and how entire is the love with which it is returned. Jameson] Her father's earnestness had impelled her to speak in self-defense; but her attempt to correct his false notions concerning the nature of Hamlet's love, instead of allaying, only irritated more the old chancellor, who, always infallible in his judgments, could neither brook contradiction, nor tolerate any hesitating acceptance of his oracles.
Poor Ophelia, bewildered by his onslaught, knows neither what to say nor think. He will teach her: Appealing to his own experience, he assures her that love is prodigal of vows, which scarce survive their making.
She must, therefore, not believe the Prince's vows, which are brokers, clothed in pious form the better to deceive. In conclusion, he forbids her, henceforth, to meet and speak more with the Lord Hamlet.
Her father's words confirming those of Laertes, and blasting even worse the fair name of her lover, make him nothing less than a deceiver and seducer.