Hamlet And Ophelia Change In Hamlet

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In the previous Act, Prince Hamlet is ready to avenge his father’s death. However, he refuses to kill King Claudius while he is praying, he decides to wait until his father is being unholy. Prince Hamlet also attacked and killed Polonius in front of his mother. In the beginning of Act IV, Queen Gertrude confides in King Claudius about her talk with Prince Hamlet and his strange behavior. The Queen describes how mad Prince Hamlet was acting before he killed Polonius. King Claudius then sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to retrieve Prince Hamlet and take him to England immediately. After learning of Polonius’s death, his children, Ophelia and Laertes, change dramatically. Queen Gertrude just witnessed Polonius’s death and is terrified of …show more content…
Ophelia would sing sexually charged songs and act very unladylike. Feeling sorry for her, the Queen would frequently visit and talk to Ophelia. Ophelia eventually commits suicide by drowning herself. Laertes, Polonius son, learns of his father’s death and goes back to Denmark with an army. He was prepared to fight King Claudius for the crown, but the king was able to calm Laertes down. After receiving a letter from Hamlet, both King Claudius and Laertes devise a plan to kill the prince. However, their planning was cut short when Queen Gertrude told Laertes that his sister drowned. Towards the end of the play, main characters have changed drastically. King Claudius feels guilty about killing his brother, but he is also willing to kill his nephew at a moment’s notice. Queen Gertrude is starting to question her relationship with the king. Ophelia, once a noble lady, went insane. Her brother, Laertes, an honorable man is willing to sabotage a duel in order to avenge his family. In the last act of “Hamlet, the prince returns to Denmark and witnesses Ophelia’s funeral. The king and Laertes put their plan in action and Prince Fortinbras captures

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