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|"Polonius is not a fool"...
Written by Ana L
(5/22/2003 10:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Polonius questions, penned by Cheryl
He says that Shakespeare has been accused of inconsistency in this part (Polonius), but he sees no inconsistency at all. Hazlitt says Polonius talks wisely when giving advice to Laertes, but then his advice to the King and Queen on Hamlet's madness is ridiculous. He says when Polonius gives advice as a father, he is sincere, but when he gives advice as a mere courtier, he is "a busy-body and acts officious, garrulous and impertinent." His folly, Hazlitt says, is his "impropriety of intention."
I take this to mean that Polonius is a chameleon and acts deliberately in whatever way will be beneficial to himself.
Although there is no direct evidence, I would not at all be surprised if Polonius was in cahoots with Claudius in the King's death, though to what extent, it's hard to say.
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