Describe Hamlet's behavior towards Polonius.

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Hamlet does not respect or admire Polonius throughout the play. He believes that Polonius is an old fool. In Act Two, Scene 2, Hamlet disrespects Polonius to his face by calling him a fishmonger and refuses to answer him directly throughout their conversation. Hamlet continually throws verbal jabs at Polonius whenever they have a discussion. Hamlet even makes fun of Polonius's age throughout the conversation, but Polonius is too dumb to realize that he is being ridiculed. When Polonius leaves the scene, Hamlet calls him a tedious old fool.

Hamlet does not respect Polonius, because he is friends with King Claudius and acts like an idiot. Hamlet continually makes fun of Polonius to his face. When Hamlet asks Polonius if he participated as an amateur actor, Polonius proudly says that he played the...

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