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what ia the dramatic importance of the passage ACT 1 SCENE 3 WHEN POLONIUS ENTERS?

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    That is not a passage. It is a stage command or "cue".

    It is the scene in which Polonius' oft-quoted "advice to Laertes" speech occurs. They both play an important part in the story line.

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    I think it set the social conflict for the rest of the play: that which is rotten in Denmark. The choice is what the brother says, and the father says: truth vs nonsense maxims. The truth is that Hamlet will love just as much as Denmark allows, no more, and that is what is rotten in Denmark.

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    It's also setting up the parallel plot -- Hamlet avenging his dad's death = main plot; Laertes avenging his dad's death = secondary (parallel) plot.

    Parallel plots are included to set up "foils" for the main plot -- here, to contrast how Laertes reacts (immediately and violently) to how Hamlet reacts (hem-hawing around, avoiding making a decision and acting on it...).

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