This came up in the comments on the “Isn’t Will Ironic?” thread, and I thought it might make for interesting conversation.
Polonius’ famous advice to his son. Neither a borrower nor a lender be, to thine own self be true, we all know the speech. Right?
How ironic is that speech? I’ve heard people argue, “Anybody who quotes Polonius like it’s words of wisdom to live by are completely missing the irony.” But I don’t understand what it means.
Either it’s good advice that is simply being given by a character who himself is not following any of it – in which case, they are still good words to live by. Or else it’s advice that Polonius doesn’t really mean, and what he’s saying to his son is that if you put a good and proper face on, then you can get away with murder? Sort of do the whole think with a wink and a nudge?
Or is there something totally deeper at work, that I’m missing completely?