Hamlet Love And Love Analysis

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Romance and love, respectively, are a very personal experience, and therefore are different for each and every lover. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, love is a very central idea and conflict throughout. Moreover, the most conflicting relationship happens between Hamlet and his girlfriend, Ophelia. The father of Hamlet has just passed, and Hamlet is very distressed as a result. Choosing to fake madness to get revenge against his uncle, Hamlet manages to destroy his relationship with Ophelia. Evidently, Hamlet does not love Ophelia, as shown by lack of respect for people, his deception and secrecy, as well as his selfishness. Hamlet has an inability to respect the choices of others, expressed greatly with his mother. Hamlet is obsessed with his …show more content…
This shows that Hamlet thinks of his life, and not his morals. With that, he does end up telling her his feelings, saying “You cannot call it love, for at your age / The heyday in the blood is tame,” (III, iv, 71-72), fundamentally saying that he does not believe in love at old age, as if she only married to feel young again. Furthermore, this also shows that he has never felt love, as love has no age, and a person can fall in love at any point in their life. Nevertheless, the largest secret is Old Hamlet’s Ghost in the castle. This secret is emphasised throughout the play; Hamlet made his friends, Horatio and Marcellus swear, saying “Never make known what you have seen tonight” (I, iv, 149). This secret is kept between this group, not shared with Ophelia, which shows Hamlet’s unwillingness to share his life with her. Soon after, he makes his plan of a false antic disposition, a very important fact in his life, which would be very important to tell your loved one. As a matter of fact, in most of Shakespeare’s plays the characters share their plans with their loved one, though Hamlet does not share his feelings or his plans with Ophelia, instead sharing it with his friends, showing that Hamlet does not care about her, …show more content…
From the start of the play, while he judges his mother, she is pleading with him to stay home with her, saying “ I pray thee, stay with us. Go not to Wittenberg” (I, ii, 119). He doesn’t see the effect that being alone had on his mother, as he is too busy judging her choice to find comfort in Claudius. Hamlet is also selfish when it comes to Ophelia. At the peak of his lunacy, she finds him, planning on returning the letters he had sent her, though he denies the notion of them being his, “No, not I. I never gave you aught” (III, i, 98). She was living with the idea that he had at least loved her, though he tells her not, yelling at her to “marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them” (III, i, 139-141). As if that were not enough, at her burial, he forgets his hateful words, saying “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers / Could not with all their quantity of love” (V, i, 247-248). He is obviously just lying to gain the respect of Laertes. In his selfishness, he chose to lie, making everyone believe that he was madly in love with her, when in reality he was not. Laertes never believed he loved her, saying “Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, / The perfume and suppliance of a minute.” (I, iii, 8-9) about the affections of Hamlet for his sister, seeing his selfishness and thirst to be king through his act. He believes that Hamlet is using her for his own sexual

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