In scene one act three, Ophelia asks Polonius what to do about Hamlet’s recent revelation of affection for her. Polonius’ response is “in few, Ophelia, do not believe his vows, for they are brokers” (line 135-136). He then continues on to advise her not to speak to Hamlet anymore. Here Polonius sees Hamlet’s “holy vows of heaven” as just ways to get Ophelia to have sex with him rather than actual true feelings for his daughter (line 123). Furthermore he views those vows as disguised enticements into a sinful relationship that is against the beliefs of Christianity. Polonius tells Ophelia not to speak to Hamlet a...
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... of a woman during that time because her opinion of who she wanted to marry was not considered as important. Rather, what was considered important, was the father’s gain. However a father from modern times would not see it as important to marry his daughter into royalty. This father would be more concerned with his daughter’s well being because the current culture has evolved to a society that is more aware and accepting of women’s opinions compared to the early 1600 era.
Due to changing times, a father from the early 1600’s would most likely agree with the majority of Polonius’ decisions whereas a father from modern times would disagree. Although each father may have to think about Polonius’ decisions before they agree or disagree both of them would reach the conclusion that they will always be concerned with their daughter’s well being before anything else.
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