Conformity In Shakespeare's Hamlet And Ophelia

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Within the Everlasting times of Human history a person or people have been subject to conformity. This conformity shapes us into people trying to please others by expectations put on us, and our roles in society, which will lead to our eventual demise. The Play Hamlet by William Shakespeare has a character named Ophelia that is torn between her love for Hamlet and the desire to please her father, Polonius. This contradiction evidently leads to her insanity and eventual death, which demonstrates the profound destruction that occurs when the very people that love and protect you, abandon you.

Since the beginning of the play Ophelia is being torn between her love for hamlet and the obedience she has for her father, Polonius. Polonius at this
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Her father, Polonius, was killed by none other than Hamlet, which in turn leads to his leaving to England. This “abandonment” by the two people that she held dearest to her heart result in her grief turning into insanity. This insanity being true for Ophelia contradicts that of Hamlets, making them foils of each other, but oddly enough also makes them parallels. Hamlet and Ophelia are parallels due to the facts that they lost a parent prematurely, suffered grave disappointment from the people that they trust, and their parents do not have the best interests at heart for their children. Additionally, the camaraderie between them doesn 't help the situation because Hamlet evidentually abandons Ophelia for the revenge of his father. As the Parallels stop there, the foil begins with Hamlet not blindly trusting people but testing them before accepting or rejecting their actions as true. In another aspect, Ophelia acts based on her emotions and what others tell her as to where Hamlet uses his mind (very extensively). This leads to the very anger Hamlet feels for Ophelia due to her naivete and innocence to events going on in the castle like how she is being deceived by her father. In which Hamlet is using her as a sounding board to pass off his madness plan, so it is believable to the other patrons listening to their conversation. “HAMLET:If thou dost marry, I 'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to

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