Hamlet: Polonius Character Analysis

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The human body is of much complexity- some things we do not understand and some things we do. Shakespeare addressed this in his play, Hamlet. It is best illustrated through Shakespeare’s character Polonius, “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” In this context, we are presented with 3 speaking characters. Ophelia speaks to Laertes, Ophelia’s brother and Polonius’s son, about his upcoming journey to France. She advises him and he advises her on her relationship with Hamlet (Sparknotes 1). Soon Polonius comes into the room and also advises Laertes, of which he spouts this quote (Sparknotes 1). The meaning of this quote is a universal proposition that still applies today (Sparknotes 1). The point being conveyed expresses that everyone…show more content…
Another great illustration of Shakespeare’s point is one of Donald Trump’s more famous statements. One of the controversial proclamations of 2016 republican candidate, Donald Trump included, "When Mexico sends its people, they 're not sending their best. They 're sending people that have lots of problems, and they 're bringing those problems to us. They 're bringing drugs. They 're bringing crime. They 're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Upon Trump’s quote, an article responded, “It [Trump’s quote] implies that most Mexican immigrants are men and that most of those men are rapists. Where does this notion of the “Mexican rapist” come from? Especially since it’s profoundly wrong.” (Briggs 1). Trump generalizes several times throughout his ‘claim’ basing ideas upon opinion than on facts. This may have discredited him in some people’s view and may have caused his opposing candidate, Hillary Clinton, to receive more of the popular votes. Speaking before he thinks appears to be a frequent characteristic of Mr. Trump. If his statements had been based on facts rather than opinions, he may have had a better chance of getting the popular vote. A second article reports, “US President Donald Trump’s unsettling narrative about the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico, ostensibly to stop illegal Mexican immigrants from reaching the US, has proven to be horribly portentous. Today’s uneasy political climate is very much on the minds of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who make up 11.1 percent of the US population, or an estimated 35.8 million people.” (Nkrumah 1). Trump’s goal was to win the heart of the American people. However, he missed that opportunity with the Hispanics who make 11% of our population (Nkrumah 1). Trump’s negative perspective on Hispanics clouded his ability to see the facts. Getting his facts right before talking would have given Trump more credibility and may have resulted in more votes. Trump 's statement was not guided by
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