Hamlet: Act I – scene iii

Describe the conversation between Laertes and Ophelia Laertes gives parting words to Ophelia.
Why does Laertes warn Ophelia not to place too much hope in Hamlet’s attentions on her? Laertes thinks that Hamlet’s affections are not genuine and that she shouldn’t get her hopes up.
What does Laertes say must govern Hamlet’s marriage choice? His choice depends on his mental state.
Describe the conversations between Polonius and his children. Polonius gives several pieces of advice to Laertes and Ophelia. He acts very fatherly.
Paraphrase:”Give thy thoughts no tongue, / Nor any unproportioned thought his act.” Think before you speak.
Paraphrase:”Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;” Listen to all and be fair, and do not give an overwhekming opinion.
Paraphrase:”Neither a borrower nor a lender be; / For a loan oft loses both itself and friend, ….” Borrowing and lending can ruin friendships and other relationships.
What advice does Polonius give to Ophelia. Do not trust Hamlet. His attentions are mainly sexual and do not mean anything.
How does Ophelia respond to her father’s advice? He is surprised, but she obeys.