Gauri Kuwadekar: Laertes and Polonius in connection to Ophelia; Page , #4
Polonius is Claudius's advisor. His son Laertes is a foil for Hamlet. Polonius's daughter, and Laertes's sister, Ophelia, is romantically involved with Hamlet at the. What is the basis for both Laertes' and Polonius' objections to Ophelia's relationship with Hamlet? Which of their arguments seems most and. Laertes and Polonius. By making this vow, it is suggested that Fortinbras Jr. also has a close relationship with his Uncle too. Fortinbras Jr's ID is.
His sister's death strengthens Laertes's resolve to kill Hamlet. At her funeral, Laertes asks why the normal Christian burial ceremony is not being carried out for his sister, and rebukes the priest for questioning her innocence.
He leaps into her grave and begs the attendants to bury him with her. Hamlet, who was previously watching from afar, advances and himself leaps into Ophelia's grave. When Laertes attacks Hamlet, the two have to be held back to avoid a fight.
To this point I stand, That both the worlds I give to negligence, Let come what comes, only I'll be revenged Most throughly for my father. Laertes uses his sharp, poisoned sword instead of a bated dull sword.
The King provides a poisoned drink as a backup measure. Before the match begins, Hamlet apologises publicly to Laertes for the wrongs he has dealt him. Laertes accepts the apology, so he says, but he proceeds with the scheme to kill Hamlet though after Gertrude drinks the poisoned drink he expresses having an attack of conscience.
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Hamlet is eventually wounded with the poisoned sword. Then, in a scuffle, the swords are switched. Hamlet wounds Laertes with his own poisoned blade, and Laertes then falls as well.
Only then does he truly seem to feel guilty, for he tells Osric he has been "justly killed" with his own treachery. As he lies dying, Laertes confesses the truth and reveals that it was Claudius's plot, resulting in the death of Claudius by Hamlet's hands. More than anything, Polonius desires the best for himself at the cost of any of this children.
This is clearly seen as Polonius objects to Ophelia's relationship with Hamlet initially, but over time, as he realizes his own benefits in the relationship, decides to "loose" his daughter unto the protagonist.
Hamlet Character Relationships
The only reason for Polonius' original problems with the relation between Hamlet and Ophelia was only for the sake of his own ego and authoritative persona. The selfishness and unnecessarily controlling basis of Polonius' advice to Ophelia is evident through his actions before, during, and after the "advice" he provides his daughter, thus making his argument wholly, less fair, reasonable, and persuasive. Both the men's treatment of Ophelia in Act 1 Scene 2 demonstrate the inferiority of women to men in early English society.
Both father and son expect Ophelia to follow their "more expert" advice. Also, Polonius' controlling diction gives the reader the clear idea that he enjoys his daughters obedience to his every command while Laertes' seems more mellow of his advice, yet still exhibits a good amount of superiority in his desires than those of his sister.
Overall, Polonius and Laertes both reveal sufficient evidence to conclude their view of women and the basis of their objections to the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia. As overpowering men, they are quick to demand Ophelia's subordination to their advice. However, while Laertes' motivation is more pure, Polonius illustrates a rather convoluted motive.