What advice do both Polonius and Laertes give to Ophelia in Hamlet? I.iii

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Just before departing for his studies in Paris, Laertes gives some unsolicited advice to his sister, Ophelia. He tells her that Hamlet's attentions are not to be taken seriously; he's just going through a typical phase of hot-blooded youth. And besides, even if Hamlet really is in love with Ophelia, as a member of the royal family, he's not in a position to make his own decisions concerning matters of the heart; he has family responsibilities to consider.

Taking everything into consideration, Ophelia should be on her guard against Hamlet, Laertes advises. Even if he professes his undying love for her, she should remain cautious. Furthermore, it would be shameful for Ophelia to allow Hamlet to open her "chaste treasure" (i.e., take her virginity). Even good girls can get a bad reputation, and that's the last thing Laertes wants for his little sister.

As for Polonius , he tells Ophelia that Hamlet's professions of love mean absolutely nothing. His affections are not real, and if Ophelia believes...

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