OPTIONS: Show cue speeches • Show full speeches # Act, Scene, Line (Click to see in context) Speech text: 1. Polonius is a fool and a windbag. Due to his “inability to imagine love”—“a huge mistake”—Polonius “concludes that he has to protect his daughter’s virginity” and “his position at … ), but he does so in the middle of a tediously long speech. In Hamlet Polonius' use of clever language and situational humor help relive the tension in the play. II,2,1463. The death of Polonius has given great difficulty, and even offense; its object should be fully comprehended, for it not only illustrates the character of Hamlet, but also is one of the leading motives of the play. Polonius’ death by Hamlet causes Claudius to fear for his own life, Ophelia to go mad and Leartes to seek revenge, which leads to the duel in the final act. His use of phrases such as, "Mad… As a comic character, he consistently shows himself less wise than he thinks. Polonius' deliberate role in the play is to serve as both comedic relief, a sort of palate cleanser for all of the dark drama, and as a foil to King Claudius. Polonius also provides Hamlet with its main source of comic relief. London: Macmillan. I,2,260 ... You go to seek the Lord Hamlet. In the play, Polonius is the first character to die as his plan backfires to cause his death. (II.i.6–12) At the top of Act II Polonius instructs Reynaldo to spy on his son, Laertes, in Paris. Shakespeare's Characters: Polonius (Hamlet)From The Works of William Shakespeare.Vol. by Denton Jaques Snider.St. 55. But he’s also a schemer and an important member of the royal court of Elsinore. Speeches (Lines) for Polonius in "Hamlet" Total: 86. print/save view. Next: Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4 Explanatory Notes for Act 1, Scene 3 From Hamlet, prince of Denmark.Ed. 19. II,2,1471. The Death of Polonius and its Impact on Hamlet's Character From The System of Shakespeare's dramas. Polonius is a character in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.He is chief counsellor of the play's villain, Claudius, and the father of Laertes and Ophelia.Generally regarded as wrong in every judgment he makes over the course of the play, Polonius is described by William Hazlitt as a "sincere" father, but also "a busy-body, [who] is accordingly officious, garrulous, and impertinent". Well be with you, gentlemen! He is especially known for his maxim-filled speech (“Neither a borrower nor a lender be”). Do you agree that Polonius' murder is the turning-point of the drama? Polonius, fictional character, councillor to King Claudius and the father of Ophelia and Laertes in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet (written c. 1599–1601). Later in that same scene, Hamlet and Polonius have an odd conversation in which Hamlet calls Polonius a "fishmonger" (2.2.187), asks Polonius if he has a … Louis: G. T. Jones and Company. Bradley argues Hamlet's failure there "is the cause of all the disasters that follow. For instance, in Act Two he cleverly announces that “brevity is the soul of wit” (II.ii. Morris and Co. Polonius is a man bred in courts, exercised in business, stored with observation, confident in his knowledge, proud of his eloquence, all declining into dotage. Ed. There he is. 54. K. Deighton. My lord, I have news to tell you. The relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, “Polonius’s immediate problem in the play,” causes him to fuse “his role as court official and patriarch” (104). Or do you agree with A. C. Bradley that the true turning-point is Hamlet's refusal to kill Claudius while he is praying (3.3)? J.D. Of this scene Coleridge remarks, "This scene must be regarded as one of Shakespeare's lyric movements in the play, and the skill with which it is interwoven with thu dramatic parts is peculiarly an excellence of our poet. 56. Than your particular demands will touch it. 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