Hamlet in Front of the Body of Polonius Eugene Delacroix (17
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He is certainly trusted and held in high regard by Claudius, who tells Laertes that his father is extremely important to Denmark: "The head is not more native to the heart The hand more instrumental to the mouth Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father." It is tempting to dismiss Polonius as a fool and, as Hamlet calls him a "prating knave", because of his pomposity and his tedious pedantry, but to do so would be unwise....
A list of all the characters in Hamlet
reality issue and especially about the character of Polonius, see by Ian Johnston; search for "Appearance and Reality.")
Hamlet acts harshly towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern but (1) they were commoners who didn't really count in Hamlet's world and (2) even if they were imprisoned for a time in England, it is possible that if they were not killed they would somehow get word to the King about what Hamlet had done.
Madness in Shakespeare's Hamlet - FIELD OF THEMES
The killing of Polonius sets in motion the events that seal Hamlet's fate, motivating Laertes to kill Hamlet and making it clear to Claudius that Hamlet is a threat to his power.
Hamlet Act 4 Summary and Analysis | GradeSaver
That Polonius, father of Laertes and Ophelia in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, is a character of considerable importance is accepted as true by most literary critics.
Hamlet’s Play vs. Hamlet’s 1990 movie | Joan103's Blog
At times Hamlet is brave, as evidenced when he stabs through Gertrude’s curtains to kill the spy whom he assumes is Claudius, only to find out it is Polonius....