Advice to Laertes from Hamlet by William Shakespeare versus Advice to a Young Man by Benjamin Franklin
"I told you so!" This is what my mom would say after giving me advice,
and me not taking her advice. It was so eerie how my mom was always right,
like she knew exactly was going to happen. I'm sure that everyone has gotten
advice at least once in their lifetime, especially from their parents. Elders usually
know what's best for you because they've been through it all themselves at one
time in their lives. That is what "Advice to Laertes" and "Advice to a Young man"
is all about, advice being given from an elder to an inexperienced younger
person. The comparative and contrasting aspects is not immense, but many
points were made on living a successful life.
In "Advice to Laertes," Polonius gives lots of good advice on how to have
a successful life. "...Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any
unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. " What
Polonius means by this statement is to pay attention to your true self. Also,
before speaking, actually think about what you are going to say. I know I've
made many mistakes in speaking before thinking. I use to make rude
comments like, "Man your really dumb." At least I've learned, to think before
speaking, like Polonius says to Laertes. Polonius advises to be friendly to
others, but not too friendly to people of higher class. He also gives advice on
friends, to know who your friends are, and always keep them close to you. Much
of our times are spent with friends, but don't spend too much time and money on
entertainment, like betting, drinking, etc.. When getting into quarrel, aviod them,
but if you can't, always win. When a person gives advice to you, or a criticism,
listen to them. You do not have to agree with them, and only tell your thoughts to
people you trust. The list of advice goes on and on. I agree with Polonius,
because everything he has said, I have experienced, and like Polonius, give the
same advice to others in need of help.
There were two main points made in "Advice to a Young Man." The first,
marriage is, "...the State in which you are most likely to find solid Happiness,"
Second, if Benjamin Franklin's friend chooses not to marry, but is, "...thinking a
Commerce with the Sex," he should prefer, "old Women to young ones."
Benjamin Franklin stresses that marriage is best, "Together they are more likely
to succeed in the World. A single Man has not nearly the Value he would have in
the State of Union. He is an incomplete Animal. He resembles th odd Half of a
pair of Scissors." A lot of...