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?Advice To Laertes? And ?Advice To A Young Man? Essay, Research Paper Take My Advice! “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 men can not stay committed, so that’s why Benjamin Franklin also suggests that older women are best for just an affair. He gives eight reasons as to why they are good. First, “Because they have more Knowledge of the World.” Second, “They learn to do a thousand Services, smal and great; and are the most tender and useful of all Friends when you are sick.” Third, older women can’t have children, so there is no inconvience. Fourth, “Because through more

Experience they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an Intrigue to prevent Suspicion. Fifth, we all do grow old, but looks can always be improved. Sixth, you don’t have to worry about corrupting a virgin, and, “make her for Life unhappy.” Seventh, there’s less guilt and bitterness. Finally, “They are so grateful!” I wouldn’t know what the difference between marriage and just and affair would be. I’ve never married and I am still too young for that. I do agree that older women do know better. I’m only 21, but when I look back, I’ve come a long way and learned a lot. These two peices of writing are similar, in that, they are both about giving advice on how to lead a happy life. Polonius’ main point was for Laertes to listen to his words and if he