In Shakespeare's Hamlet is Polonius: reasonable, a modern day fool, or a Shakesperean fool?

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I don't think it's quite fair to call Polonius a fool, and I don't believe that Shakespeare intended him to be regarded as a fool. Hamlet refers to him as a fool where he says, "These tedious old fools!" but even Hamlet may not mean it literally. Polonius is getting old and exhibiting some of the characteristic of old people generally. For one thing, he talks too much....

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