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Compare and Contrast: Hamlet and Polonius
Transcript of Compare and Contrast: Hamlet and Polonius
When Hamlet reveals his planned change in disposition to Horatio (ex of clever and ambitious)-Act 1 Scene 5
"To be or not to be . . . " (ex of dramatic)-Act 3 Scene 1
Eavesdrops on Hamlet and Ophelia (ex of cunning)-Act 3 Scene 1
His reaction to Ophelia's relationship with Hamlet (ex of dramatic)-Act 1 Scene 3
Jumps into Ophelia's grave and fights with Laertes (ex of Recklessness)- Act 5 Scene 1
Scares Ophelia (ex of Lack of Compassion) - Act 2 Scene 1
Overall, Polonius and Hamlet have more similarities than differences.
Hamlet vs. Polonius
, the characters Polonius and Hamlet are both portrayed as crafty, dramatic, and ambitious, however Shakespeare gives the characters one important difference in nature. Polonius retains his innocence and empathy for others while Hamlet is consumed by his mission for revenge and loses his compassion for others.
Hamlet and Polonius are:
Eavesdrops on Gertrude and Ophelia (ex of Meddling) -
Sends servants to spy on Laertes (ex of Suspicious) - Act 2 Scene 1
Theme and Purpose
Purpose: To bring out both of the characters' individual qualities (foil) as well as show similarities between the two
Theme: Throughout the play Shakespeare has Polonius and Hamlet battle who they are trying to portray with who they actually are (appearance v. reality)
"Hamlet: Entire Play." Hamlet: Entire Play. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.