What aspect of Laertes advice to his sister, Ophella and later, Polonius warning to her, can be made more meaningful by considering relative social status and the idea that virtue is a commondity? In what ways is Polonius afvice to Laertes couched in Marxist terms?
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I don't know about the Marxist methodology but certainly there is a sense of ownership over Ophelia. Both Laertes and Polonius are not so concerned with Ophelia as they are with her sexual practices and their own honor. The both do not want Ophelia to turn into damaged goods before she is brokered into a marriage.