Hamlet Act One Scene 3

Summary Laertes warns Ophelia not to put too much trust in Prince Hamlet and his warning is echoed by their father, Polonius, who comes to say goodbye to his son and to give laertes some words of worldly wisdom
What comparison does Laertes say that Ophelia should view her love with Hamlet as? -a violet in the youth -forward =early flowering, not permanent -sweet not lasting -flower comparisons -he then further says how a worm injuries a flower before it opens, just as hamlet may hurt Ophelia before she matures
Thews and bulks meaning muscles and size
soil meaning stain
castle meaning deceit
What does Laertes say to Ophelia about Hamlet? -as the body grows, so does one’s mind -perhaps hamlet loves you, and his intentions are honorable-you must fear his high position because he is subject to the throne -his choice depends upon the approval of the whole state -consider how your honor would be damaged if you listen to his words and believe hi and loose your virginity to his uncontrolled demands – be afraid of it -hold back your desires -he may hurt her while she is still in her youthdon’t trust what hamlet says, don’t believe his love messages, stay a virgin
voice meaning approval
galls meaning injures
How does Polonius know they had a conversation and why is he so aggressive about finding out the details? he was most likely spying on them
What images does Ophelia carry with her? young, innocent, virgin, “green” = inexperienced
What commitment did Ophelia and Hamlet make to each other? they made all of the holy vows of heaven
liquid meaning bright
what is youth considered the time of the brightest promise and greatest danger
what is the benefit of fear? fear protects you -Ophelia should be afraid so that she is protected
What is Ophelia’s response? She will keep his advice as a watchman to her heart-but she tells Laertes to not be like a bad pastor and to not himself walk the easy, amusing and reckless path ignoring his own advice -dont be a hypocrite*you have no right to tell more to do this if you don’t follow your own advice”
Primrose path menacing easy path
How position is Laertes while receiving Polonius’ blessing ? Laertes is kneeling with polonius’ hand on his head
What advice does Polonius give Laertes? -dont be reckless-be friendly enough but don’t make yourself cheap -the good friends that you find, once you have tested their friendship, keep them close-don’t become friends with every fresh young man-give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; take each man’s opinion but reserve your judgement -dress as nicely as you can afford but do not look gaudy because your apparel proclaims thy man -hold try to thyself and do not be false to anyone
who was renewed for having the best taste in clotheS? frenchmen
green meaning inexperienced
What does Polonius demand of Ophelia? for her to tell him the truth about what is between her and HAmelt
tenders meaning declaration/offers
What is Polonius’ response to Ophelia being with HamleT? -you are acting like a unexperienced girl -you will make me a fool for a daughter-when one is passionate the soul carelessly lends the tongue vows -these flaring passions you must not take for truth -from now on, do not enter into negotiations with him just because he asks you to -be less generous with your virginity-do not believe his vows for they are merely sinful entreaties-he is deceiving you -do not waste any more time talking to him
prodigal with carless generosity
woodcocks a bird said to be foolish
somewhat scanter of rather less generous with
what does Polonius compared Hamlet’s promises to? traders and solicitors who deceive their customers with fake clothing and different colors then they advertise and who make sinful treaties/deals
beguile def deceive
pious sincere