Analysis Of 'With New Power Comes Abuse Of Power In Hamlet'

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Piper Gonzalez
English 4
6 February 2018
Hamlet character analysis essay
“With new power comes abuse of power” (Rose).. As the father of Ophelia, Polonius feels he has some right to power. He wants power but not for the right reasons. Polonius plays a game of he said she said in order to manipulate the people around him in pursuance of power. In the play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare utilizes the character Polonius to show that the abuse of power, manipulativeness, corruptness, and social status can support his obvious discontent with the life he lives.
Polonius may seem to be demented and elderly but he declared it to himself that nothing was going to come between himself and his social standing. And in the play, Hamlet, Laertes
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When polonius finds out about the little love fling they have going on it absolutely infuriates him causing him to band Ophelia from seeing prince Hamlet. As the obeying and loyal daughter ophelia is she obeys her father's wishes. “ Then weigh what loss your honor may sustain If with too credent ear you list his songs, Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open To his unmastered importunity. Fear it, Ophelia. Fear it, my dear sister, And keep you in the rear of your affection, Out of the shot and danger of desire. The chariest maid is prodigal enough If she unmask her beauty to the moon. Virtue itself ’scapes not calumnious strokes. The canker galls the infants of the spring Too oft before their buttons be disclosed. And in the morn and liquid dew of youth, Contagious blastments are most imminent. Be wary, then. Best safety lies in fear. Youth to itself rebels, though none else near” (1.3 30-40).. While he may think he is the good guy and only has his best heart for his children it is corrupted. He tells ophelia not to ruin her reputation with Hamlet just for his desires because she is treasure. He is just a typical dad who cares about his children, in a broad and general
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