hamlet act 2 questions

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Agnieszka Wynar 1 Agnieszka Wynar Mrs. Mancini AP Literature and Composition 1 December 2008 Hamlet Act II Act I I Scene i 1. What is ironic about Polonius’ attempt to learn about Laertes’ life? Polonius send Reynaldo ; his servant, to France primerly so that he can give him money. What is ironic is that at the end he tells Reynaldo to spy on his son’s; Laertes’ personal life. He is a manipulator. He explains to Reynaldo how to get information from his son without really asking the question. He is very controlling and wants all the pride. Irony is present also because he seems to be such a nice person and Claudius sees him as somebody who always brings good news, but under the covers he really is a scheming old fool. 2. Why would Polonius immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamlet is mad for Ophelia’s love?
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Agnieszka Wynar 2 Polonius believes Hamlet is suffering from the “ecstasy of love” (line114.) He thinks that because of Ophelia’s confession of the scene when Hamlet hid in her closet and confessed his love for her in a quite emotional and harsh way. In Polonius’s eyes, Hamlet has gone mad due to the love he has for Ophelia. He wants to prove to the king that Hamlet is mad and when he sees that he is falling in love with his daughter. Polonius sees it as a great opportunity to kiss up to the king and gain his support. 3. Consider how the episode of Hamlet in Ophelia’s closet promises to contribute to the overall calamity of the tragic plot. Hamlet’s actions when looked at from an outside observer seem to be a bit crazy. The scene shows how Hamlet has been acting since he saw the ghost of his father and proves that he is loyal to his promise which he made to Horatio. Hamlet’s actions in this scene
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