The obedient servant

Reynaldo appears in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. He is Polonius’ servant. Since he makes only one appearance in the entire drama, only a sketchy and fragmentary picture can be drawn of his character.

As Polonius' servant, Reynaldo has to obey him unconditionally. It is not his task to oppose his master's instructions or even to question them. The short stereotypical phrases Reynaldo uses in his answers, such as, "Good lord", "My lord", "I shall, my lord" reflect his limited freedom of action and his need to obey.

When Polonius instructs him to spy on his son Laertes in Paris and to gather information about his reckless behavior, Reynaldo has no choice but to obey the order. To help Reynaldo obtain extensive information ...

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