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As a character, Hamlet is almost overwhelming because of his strange behavior, especially toward women, the fake or possibly real madness, and his...

As a character, Hamlet is almost overwhelming because of his strange behavior, especially toward women, the fake or possibly real madness, and his melancholy. Many spectators barely notice the other characters. Let’s have a closer look at Polonius and his family. What do they represent in the play from a social point of view? Why do their plans go so horribly wrong, when they conform to all the rules and want to help? How does their social status and conformism become evident in the way they speak, behave, or react? Use specific examples and dialogue from the play to support your answers.

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Polonius's family represents the type(s) of social climbers who are usually found closest to those in power. Polonius could... View the full answer

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  • I accidentally spelled advisor two ways. They are both supposed to be correct, but you might want to make them the same. sorry. :D
    • IsobelPoe
    • Jul 20, 2016 at 9:05am

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