Polonius Described as: Self-assured, cynical, self-centred, flatterer, long-winded, sly, devious, false, shrewd, immoral, sermonise, meddling, political, arrogant, despicable, vain, hypocritical, manipulative, verbose, insincere, self-absorbed. “Give thy thoughts no tongue” Offers Laertes advice.
Act Three: Scene Two Fifth meeting: Polonius tells he acted before and was classed as a good actor. Quotes “That did I, my lord, and was accounted a good actor.” Polonius shows he is practiced in playing falsehoods.
“My lord, the queen would speak with you, and presently.” Polonius sets his final plan in action.
“Old Jephthah” Observation of Polonius by Hamlet proves more than accurate.
Act Three: Scene One Fourth meeting: Sends his daughter out to Hamlet. Intends to do the same with Gertrude Quotes Ophelia, walk you here. Read on this book” Polonius moves Ophelia like a puppet.
At the same time, Polonius reveals himself to be a far from perfect father.
Polonius Character Analysis Essay
He sends Reynaldo to spy on his son, and he uses his daughter as bait to trick Hamlet.Quotes “Tell him his pranks have been too broad to bear with, and that your grace hath screen’d and stood between heat and him” Polonius instructs Gertrude on how to act around her own son. In his first line he tells us he hesitates to let his son Laertes go abroad, and he draws out his last meeting with Laertes because he’s reluctant to see him go.Polonius’s actions suggest that in Hamlet, even relationships that seem loving are ambiguous, a fact which contributes to the play’s atmosphere of doubt and uncertainty.Polonius also provides Hamlet with its main source of comic relief.“Let his queen mother all alone entreat him to show his griefs: let her be round with him; and I’ll be plac’d, so please you, in the ear of all their conference” Polonius intends to use Gertrude although less harshly.Polonius even tires to instruct her how to handle Hamlet..Believes he knows what young men want, think and feel.Shows no comfort to his distressed daughter after her confrontation with Hamlet.Act Three: Scene Four Polonius instructs Gertrude on how to handle Hamlet. Polonius reveals himself behind the curtain and is fatally wounded.