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...to be feared than loved. Fear has the power to capture a person, to make them do whatever is necessary to escape the emotion, arguably more than the power of love. Polonius is applying this tactic to Ophelia, in order for her to stop seeing Hamlet. In addition to applying governmental tactics to gain control of his daughter, Polonius creates an atmosphere where Ophelia is unknowing to the ways of the world, and must use paternal guidance in making life decisions. [You speak like a green girl, unsifted in such perilous circumstance] and [Marry, I will teach you…] are both statements that will make Polonius seem like a proactive parent. He is targeting both the Ophelia's supposed lack of knowledge as well as his ability to be the influential leader in a situation. However, Polonius may be mistaking the fact that Ophelia may actually be competent in these matters.
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