What is the significance of Polonius's advice to Laertes in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

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There are two views to this speech to Laertes ( Hamlet, I,iii).  The first is an obvious comparison with Hamlet.  His father is dead and cannot give Hamlet advice, except as a ghost, while Laertes has his father still alive (at least for a few more scenes).  If taken literally, the advice is standard father-son talk, a little pompous (“Neither a borrower nor a lender be”) and not carefully listened to.  A far more interesting view is that Polonius is giving advice that...

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That he should stick to his studies.  Have fun, but not too much fun.  And not to get into fights.