Act 1, Scene 3

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Polonius dispenses some fatherly advice to his son and daughter.

Summary

Laertes is headed to France, and he bids farewell to his sister, Ophelia. He has some brotherly advice for her: don’t trust Hamlet, or his confessions of love. Polonius, their father, enters and gives Laertes some advice of his own: a series of cliché platitudes meant to help his son navigate the world. After Laertes finally leaves, Polonius tells Ophelia to follow her brother’s advice and not to see Hamlet again.

 

Interview: Hamlet, Polonius, and Laertes

myShakespeare | Hamlet 1.3 Interview: Hamlet, Polonius, and Laertes