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Hamlet eNotes Curriculum Plan
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Many of William Shakespeare's works feature “stock” characters. Stock characters have commonly recognized traits. In Shakespeare’s theater company, the same actor often played the same stock character in different productions. A few examples of stock characters are the damsel in distress, the shrewish woman, the wise grandfather, and the fool.
Polonius is the stock “fool” character in Hamlet. A fool character is one that behaves pretentiously, gives advice without setting an example, and is commonly cloying of authority figures. The fool usually thinks himself more important than he is; other characters are generally aware of his delusions of grandeur.
Polonius frequently speaks in what he believes to be pithy gems of advice, yet his own actions betray his good intent.
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