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Explain Polonius's speech to Ophelia, "Come go with me.............i am...

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sahabia | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 23, 2007 at 3:54 AM via web

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Explain Polonius's speech to Ophelia, "Come go with me.............i am sorry_"

Please dwell at the obscure meaning of his speech and grammatical use or literary terms, etc.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2007 at 4:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Polonius is reacting to Ophelia's summary of her encounter with Hamlet.  He feels, on the surface, that Hamlet is behaving in a violent and unpredictable manner as a result of his "ectasy of love".  Polonius personifies love here, giving it property to exert will over those it infects.  His speech foreshadows the actions that Hamlet will take, as his love for his father will "lead the will to desparate undertakings."

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 23, 2007 at 4:25 AM (Answer #3)

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Ophelia tells Polonius that Hamlet has accosted her, grabbing and holding her, but not speaking to her. Polonius responds by saying that Hamlet's moodiness of late must be caused by Hamlet's love for Ophelia, admitting that he had perhaps been wrong about Hamlet before. He wants Ophelia to go with him to the king so they can tell Claudius what happened and what they think is wrong with Hamlet.

This scene is important for several reasons. It shows that Hamlet has made good on his promise to Horatio to act like a madman, but part of Hamlet's behavior may be real distress due to Ophelia's rejection of Hamlet. This scene also shows Ophelia as the dutiful daughter, doing what her father has told her. This scene also leads to some plot developments in the next few scenes, such as Hamlet's confrontation with Gertrude and Ophelia.

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