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Hamlet: Act Ii

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:28 AM
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1. The dramatic purpose that Polonius serves at the

beginning of act II is the portrayal and delineation

of his character, the Lord Chamberlain.   We see in the

artificiality of his discourse how cynical he is.   We

also see he cares for the actions of his children,

mostly because they can blacken his name.   He is

suspicious of other people, thus he trusts no one.

2. Polonius asks Reynaldo to go on a trip to Paris in

order to give money to Laertes.   Polonius also wants

Reynaldo to spy on Laertes and to ask other Danes in

Paris who might know him of his actions.

3. Polonius is willing to tolerate in Laertes any

behavior which might not make him look bad,

considering he is a youth.   He gives the examples of

gaming, drinking, fencing, swearing, quarreling and


4. Ophelia is frightened by Hamlet’s first visit

because she believes his disheveled appearance is her

fault because, obeying her father’s wishes, she has

been refusing his love.

5. Polonius interprets Hamlet’s actions as those of

love-madness.   He intends to tell King Claudius about


6. Polonius wants to test his theory about Hamlet’s

madness by allowing Ophelia to meet with the Prince,

while he and Claudius hid themselves and observe the


7. Claudius and Gertrude have brought Rosencranz and

Guildentstern to Denmark to ask them for a favor.

Because the two are Hamlet’s friends, the King and

Queen want them to try to get information about this


8. Polonius is laughable and pathetic because he seems

to think everything revolves around him and his

family.   He never once doubts that Hamlet’s madness


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