What other character in the play Hamlet does Osric, the courtier, remind you of?

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Osric, the courtier, reminds me most of Polonius. Back in act 3, scene 2, when Polonius comes to fetch Hamlet on behalf of Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude, we see the young prince treat Polonius in much the same way as he treats Osric later on. Hamlet asks Polonius if the older man sees "yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?" (3.2.406-407). Polonius agrees that it does look like a camel. Next, Hamlet says, "Methinks it is like a weasel," and Polonius replies that it does, indeed, look like a weasel (3.2.409). Finally, Hamlet says, "Or like a whale," and Polonius is, again, forced to defer to the prince and agree (3.2.411). Hamlet compels the older man to contradict himself and even lie, just for Hamlet's own sport.

Polonius isn't a bad man, and there is nothing to suggest that he knows what happened to Hamlet's father. He also advises his daughter, Ophelia , to break off her relationship with Hamlet because, he believes, Hamlet is not at liberty to marry her, and so their...

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