Relationship between Hamlet and Polonius by Matt Monteiro on Prezi
As the play begins, Hamlet and Ophelia are in love. (). After he leaves, Polonius orders her to break off the relationship and. Role: Father of Leartes and Ophelia Courtier to late King Hamlet and present King Polonius' traits are proven through the relationships with the King, Ophelia. Point- The sarcasm Hamlet possesses towards Polonius is ultimately the reason behind him forbidding his daughter, Ophelia from seeing and.
She tells this to Polonius and that she has refused to see him and to receive his letters. 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. Hamlet probably suspects that he is being spied upon. Hamlet is on his guard after Rosencrantz and Guildernstern admit they had been sent for by Claudius, obviously to spy on him, 2. Claudius told Hamlet to come to the lobby.
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When Hamlet arrives, Claudius is not there. Instead he finds Ophelia, apparently waiting for him, although she had avoided him up to that time. She obviously came prepared to meet him, bringing the remembrances to return to him. He may well have believed that this was a trap, and that he and Ophelia are being watched.
Polonius Character Analysis (Hamlet)
At this point, Hamlet also feels betrayed by women. Although not stated, he may also feel betrayed by his mother who instead of supporting his claim to the throne, supports his rival, Claudius, in the strongest possible manner, by marrying him. The suspicious and embittered Hamletrejected by Ophelia, asks her: He also asks her where her father is. She lies and says he is at home, 3. Hamlet, doubtful of her honesty becomes enraged and bitter, and is very sarcastic to her.
After he leaves, she is despondent at his apparent madness 3. At the play, Hamlet is again brutally sarcastic to Ophelia and makes lewd remarks to her. After Hamlet kills Polonius, Ophelia who loved both Hamlet and her father is driven mad by the conflict of her beloved having killed her father.
At her funeral, Hamlet reveals the intensity of his love for Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum. Arden Hamlet editor Harold Jenkinsfor example, criticised the idea of any direct personal satire of Burghley as "unlikely" and "uncharacteristic of Shakespeare". In the first quarto of Hamlet, Polonius is named "Corambis". It has been suggested that this derives from "crambe" or "crambo", derived from a Latin phrase meaning "reheated cabbage", implying "a boring old man" who spouts trite rehashed ideas.
Various suggestions have been made to explain this. Hibbard argues that the name was originally Polonius, but was changed because Q1 derives from a version of the play to be performed in Oxford and Cambridge, and the original name was too close to that of Robert Poleniusfounder of Oxford University.
Since Polonius is a parody of a pompous pseudo-intellectual, the name might have been interpreted as a deliberate insult. Stage and film portrayals[ edit ] In most productions of the 20th century, up to aboutPolonius was played as a somewhat senilegarrulous man of about seventy-five or so, eliciting a few laughs from the audience by the depiction. More recent productions have tended to play him as a slightly younger man, and to emphasise his shiftiness rather than pompous senility, harking back to the traditional manner in which Polonius was played before the 20th century.
Until the s there was a tradition that the actor who plays Polonius also plays the quick-witted gravedigger in Act V. This bit suggests that the actor who played Polonius was an actor used to playing clowns much like the Fool in King Lear: Polonius adds a new dimension to the play and is a controlling and menacing character. One key to the portrayal is a producer's decision to keep or remove the brief scene with his servant, Reynaldo, which comes after his scene of genial, fatherly advice to Laertes.
He instructs Reynaldo to spy on his son, and even suggest that he has been gambling and consorting with prostitutes, to find out what he has really been up to. The inclusion of this scene portrays him in a much more sinister light; most productions, including Laurence Olivier 's famous film version, choose to remove it.Hamlet Confronts Gertrude
The respective productions starring Richard Burton and Kenneth Branagh both include it. Although Hume Cronyn plays Polonius mostly for laughs in the Burton production, Polonius is more sinister than comic in Branagh's version.
Famous lines[ edit ] Polonius's most famous lines are found in Act 1 Scene 3 "Neither a borrower nor a lender be"; "To thine own self be true" and Act 2 Scene 2 "Brevity is the soul of wit"; and "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't" while others have become paraphrased aphorisms "Clothes make the man"; "Old friends are the best friends". Also, the line he speaks when he is killed by Hamlet in Act 3 scene 4 "O, I am slain! No other actor has ever won an award for playing Polonius in any professional American stage version of Hamlet, nor for playing him in a film version of the play.