What Advice Does Polonius Give Laertes
What advice does Polonius give to Laertes in "Hamlet"?
In Hamlet, Act 1 scene 3, Laertes is getting ready to go to France. He warns his sister, Ophelia, to not to become in love with Hamlet. Laertes cares deeply for his family and worries about his sister getting hurt by Hamlet. As he is getting ready to leave his father comes in to offer some advice to his son before he sets off to France. His advice is fatherly advice because he wants the best for his children.
Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame!
The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
And you are stay'd for. There; my blessing with thee!
And these few precepts...
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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.