Polonius Represents a Good Father
Polonius, advisor in the court of King Claudius of Denmark, is a good father to both of his children, Ophelia and Laertes. He represents a good father due to his desire to do whatever is best for his children. “Polonius first illustrates the role of protector in the very first scene he appears.”(Zach Hitchcock, Shakespeare Expert) Polonius displays these actions whenever his children are either in danger, or in a situation where they could just use a fatherly figure to talk to. Although throughout the story he is portrays as this hovering, overprotective father, it is obvious that all he wishes is the best for his two children. Polonius’ love for both children proves that he is a good father in the sense that he only desires what is best for his kids. Polonius is a good father to Laertes because he tells him advice that ends up helping him out. “…And these few precepts in thy memory
Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatched, unfledged comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
Bear ’t that th' opposèd may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.
Take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not expressed in fancy—rich, not gaudy,
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that…”(1.2.64)
Polonius tells Laertes to go to France to be safe, and to be away from Denmark. He tells him things very specific things to do and not to do in order to remain low profile, an to stay safe. Later in the play, Polonius also tells Laertes to stay out of trouble and...
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