How is Polonius a foil to Hamlet?

How is Polonius a foil to Hamlet?

Polonius’s amusing lack of self-awareness serves as a comic foil to Hamlet’s existential struggle with self-knowledge. In this sense Polonius offers an alternative and far less extreme perspective on the impossibility of perfectly knowing oneself.

What is Polonius role at court?

Polonius is a character in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He is chief counsellor of the play’s villain, Claudius, and the father of Laertes and Ophelia.

What does Polonius believe is causing Hamlet’s madness?

What does Polonius think is the cause of Hamlet’s madness? He thinks that Hamlet is upset about Ophelia rejecting him because he is so in love with her.

What is Polonius explanation for Hamlet’s behavior?

What is Polonius’s plan for proving that Hamlet’s odd behavior is the result of love madness? Polonius suggests that he and Claudius hide themselves behind a needlework wall hanging so they can eavesdrop on the couple when Ophelia returns w/ his love gifts.

Why was Polonius in Gertrude’s room?

In Gertrude’s chamber, the queen and Polonius wait for Hamlet’s arrival. Polonius plans to hide in order to eavesdrop on Gertrude’s confrontation with her son, in the hope that doing so will enable him to determine the cause of Hamlet’s bizarre and threatening behavior.

What is the importance of Polonius death?

Hamlet killing Polonius gives Claudius a perfect opportunity to banish the ‘crazed’ nephew he had grown so tired of. It also turned Ophelia against Hamlet and precipitated her suicide, which in turn led to Laertes, her brother fighting and mortally wounding Hamlet st the end.

What does Hamlet say when he kills Polonius?


Original Text Modern Text
(stabs his sword through the arras and kills POLONIUS) (he stabs his sword through the tapestry and kills POLONIUS)
POLONIUS 25 (from behind the arras) Oh, I am slain. POLONIUS (from behind the tapestry) Oh, I’ve been killed!

Does Hamlet show any signs of remorse for killing Polonius?

Does Hamlet show remorse for killing Polonius? How can you explain Hamlet’s reaction? No. He believes it is his destiny to right the wrongs in Denmark.

Where does Hamlet hide the body of Polonius?

castle lobby