The with his family’s honour than his

  The relationship Hamlet has with his parents
is better than Polonius’s relationship with his children though. Polonius acts
like he is the boss of Ophelia, while Ophelia feels like she is obligated to submit
to her father out of fear. Polonius uses his daughter as a tool for his own benefit
and is more obsessed with his family’s honour than his daughter’s feelings. In
the first act, Polonius tells Ophelia she cannot get too close to Hamlet, as he
does not want her to jeopardise their position in the court by her being a helpless
‘woodcock’ to Hamlet’s allegedly insincere ‘vows’ (Act 1, Scene 3, ll.114-116).
He orders Ophelia to:

Tender
yourself more dearly,

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Or
(not to crack the wind of the poor phrase,

Running
it thus) you’ll tender me a fool (Act 1, Scene 3, ll.107-109).

This
demonstrates that Polonius is acting in his own interest and that he is more worried
about his place in the kingdom than his daughter’s happiness. Ophelia meekly
follows his orders, saying ‘I shall obey, my lord’ (Act 1, Scene 3, l.136). This
shows how Polonius forces Ophelia to depend on him and how Ophelia blindly
follows his commands. Hamlet calls Polonius a ‘fishmonger’ (Act 2, Scene2,
l.172) when referring to how Polonius controls Ophelia. This was Elizabethan slang
for “brothel keeper”, and therefore would have been considered a major insult
by the original audience. Moreover, this demonstrates that Hamlet is conscious
that Polonius and Ophelia have a bad relationship. Moreover, Polonius uses his
daughter to spy on Hamlet’s actions so that he can report back to Claudius. Because
of her loyalties towards her father Ophelia complies with her father’s wishes. Polonius’s
intention is to make himself appear to be a great father, but Ophelia’s
dependency on Polonius is what eventually causes her to go mad and commit
suicide after his death. Therefore, this shows that she loved her father, even
though he treated her so badly, and it also demonstrates how much she depended
on him.