Polonius often spies on his children and other characters throughout the play, Why does he do this? And how does this affect his relationship with his children?
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Polonius is very much a character who does not trust anyone. In this sense, he sends Reynaldo to spy on Laertes, whose life in Paris may be rowdy and licentious. He spies on Ophelia to find out if Hamlet's "madness" can be caused by Ophelia breaking off her relationship with Hamlet. In all things, he is trying to gather information, but he tends to interfere where his interference may not be wanted.