How Significant Is the Character of Polonius in the Play "Hamlet".

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How significant is the character of Polonius in the play "Hamlet". In the play Hamlet the character Polonius is a courtier to the king Claudius. He is the epitome of everything that Hamlet hates in the court of Denmark. Polonius’s character is at many points in the play is a comic character who contradicts himself constantly and finds incredibly long winded ways to embellish his points. Shakespeare uses the persona of Polonius, as a satirical figure and as a foil, to show what is wrong with the court of the time. Polonius is also the father of Laertes and Ophelia who are integral to the final downfall of the Danish kingdom. The tensions that arise from the death of Polonius is prevalent throughout the remainder of the play, and his passing sets the tone for the rest of the piece. The diction that is used by Polonius in the play “hamlet” is really what defines him as a character. His use of complex language to increase his intelligence is both farcical and comical in nature. The most obvious example of this satirical self mockery in the play comes in Act two scene two “Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.” In this single sentence Polonius proves to himself and the world that he his does not have “the soul of wit” due to the fact that even though he is trying to talk about being short winded, Polonius cannot help himself from embellishing his point and therefore showing that he cannot be brief. Polonius’s inability to use decisive and precise diction is a major factor in the animosity that grows between him and Hamlet in the play and provides the basis for that particular subplot. However Polonius still manages to make a mockery of himself when he interrupts a player claiming that the speech was “too long”. This is an allusion in itself to the contradictory nature of the upper classes. Where

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