Ophelia's Ambition In Hamlet

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Adversity is defined as difficulties or misfortunes. It can be said that due to the abundance of hardship human life contains, life goes hand in hand with suffering. There are those that are able to overcome the difficulties life brings and there are those that cannot. For many, willpower and determination are utilized to combat hardships summoned by life. In William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Shakespeare suggests that an individual can either rise above the hardships one faces, or let them consume you.

Within the play, the idea of revenge drives many individuals, including Laertes, the son of the recently murdered Polonius. Overcome by rage, Laertes returns to Denmark demanding “[revenge]/ most thoroughly for my father”(IV, iii, 103-4). Laertes is faced with the trauma that comes with the death of a parental figure, but instead of being swallowed by grief, Laertes
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Coupled with the idea that Hamlet has gone mad as well and his and Laertes departure from Denmark, Ophelia has lost all males figures in her life, and thus; her sanity. Ophelia’s relationship with Hamlet can be one of the causes to her madness. Although Hamlet is seen to trample upon Ophelia’s feelings, seen when he pleads for ophelia to “get thee to a nunnery” (III, i, 123), the severity of the wounds he inflicts to Ophelia is because Hamlet “loved Ophelia” (V, i, 255). Because of the love the two have for each other, the words that Hamlet spews at Ophelia are like daggers dipped with the most vile poisons. Ophelia is unable to come to terms with her situation and is consumed by her lunacy. Ophelia’s lunacy drives her to suicide, as Ophelia is unable to live a life where the supposed love of her life goes mad and murders her father, then abandons her. With her brother gone as well, she has no one to console her she drowns in sorrow and drowns herself in a

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