The Role Of Hamlet's Treatment Of Ophelia

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Register to read the introduction… His disapproval then grows into hatred and is not let out until Hamlet approaches his mother boldly by taunting her after the play about Gonzago?s murder. A behaviour never shown by Hamlet before. The queen is of course very upset by this behaviour but somehow she sees beyond it and starts treating Hamlet kind of normal after that. Hamlet having finally vented his disapproval and grief, feels some kind of peace. Finally accepting the fact that the ghost made so clear in the beginning, that his mother was not involved in his fathers death and therefore he forgives her.
The final scene where Hamlets mother dies because of a poison meant for Hamlet, he is so overcome with grief as he watches her die that he finally finds the strength to kill the king and take revenge for the death of his father.

So Gertrude is an important key to show how Hamlets feelings developed throughout the play and how her love can bring him finally to do what he was supposed to do. And yet because of his mother Hamlet mistrusts women in general and treats them as vile and untrustworthy
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Because of his mothers marriage to his uncle, Hamlet is scarred for life in his relationship towards women. When Hamlet comes to Ophelia at her bedroom, acting all ?love? mad, he gets his confirmation (in his opinion) that all women are treacherous and can not be trusted.

But Ophelia is also important to give us insight into Hamlets behaviour towards everyone else. She is just a naïve, innocent young girl who doesn?t really understand how to help her lover.

?If she had been an Imogen, a Cordelia, even a Porita or a Juliet, the story must have taken another shape. Hamlet would either have been stimulated to do his duty, or (which is more likely) he would have gone mad, or (which is likeliest) he would have killed himself in despair.? (Dawson.IV,135)

She makes it possible for us to get more insight in Hamlets mind. How Hamlet can?t develope his love and forgiveness. She is one of the reasons that these eight persons die in the play, although her participation in the main plot against Hamlet is not voluntary. So if Hamlet would have had a ?stronger? woman to support him, this play would have developed in a completely different

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