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Polonius by Mind Map: Polonius
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Polonius

Political role

Chief Counsellor of State

Self-interested

Spy

Sycophant

Machiaevellian

Father

Underhanded

Hypocrite

Selfish

Uses Ophelia

Patriarchal

caring at times

New node

Keywords

Cynical

Verbose

Pompous

Tedious

Smug

Insensitive

Conniving

Unscrupulous

Key Quotes

"I'll loose my daughter to him"

"A foolish prating knave"

"The head is not more native to the heart, the hand more instrumental to the mouth, than is the throne of Denmark to thy father".

"Brevity is the soul of wit"

"A man faithful and honourable"

Exam Focus

Discuss the importance of the character, Polonius, in the play Hamlet.

"Hamlet's killing of Polonius in Act 3, scene 4, is an important turning point in the action of the play.

Loyalty and betrayal are significant themes in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Discuss.

Hamlet may have described Polonius as a "wretched, rash intruding fool" but he was also a loyal minister and devoted father. Discuss.