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bayla s #196507
Aug 28, 2011 4:14 PM

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Fishmonger

Why does Hamlet take Polonius for a fishmonger in Act II scene ii?

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Aslan
Aug 28, 2011 4:53 PM

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The term "fishmonger" has a double meaning here. Of course it means one who sells fish, a rather low class profession at the time. "Fishmonger" was also a sort of euphemism for a "pimp". In this case Hamlet accuses Polonius of selling his daughter off for information about Hamlet. Recall, Polonius planted Ophelia to "bump" into Hamlet while they listened in hiding.
 

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