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What advice does Polonius give to Laertes in "Hamlet"?

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Haley Mobley | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 18, 2008 at 5:43 AM via web

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What advice does Polonius give to Laertes in "Hamlet"?

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stacyatparker | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 18, 2008 at 7:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Polonius tells his son several pieces of advice.  He advises him to keep his thoughts to himself, to be friendly without being common or inappropriate in his actions, and have a few close friends, but keep a respectful distance from acquaintances.  He tells him to be a good listener, but don't talk too much.  Laertes should purchase nice clothing but nothing too gaudy that will outshine his peers.  He should not borrow or lend money.  He finally tells Laertes to be true to himself and this will be reflected in his authenticity with his fellow man.

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