William Shakespeare's Love Of Ophelia And Hamlet

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Hamlet is a tragic play that ends with many lives being lost, one of whom was Ophelia. It would seem that this character’s love knew no bounds. She had a tremendously close relationship with her father, a well-respected official in the Danish court. In another aspect, Ophelia and Hamlet’s love was no secret for they were bona fide lovers. Although he treated her with little respect, she was still madly in love with him. Her endearment of the protagonist was boundless. The last of the men in her life was her brother, Laertes. These two siblings were extremely close but as Laertes departed for France, the vast number of miles in between them gradually began to drive a wedge into their relationship. Despite their separation, she continued to connect …show more content…
Due to her close-knit relationship with him, Polonius’s death sent his dear daughter into a state of delirium and shock. Her father was there for her whenever she needed someone, such as when Hamlet talked ill of her and told her to “get thee to a nunnery.” Polonius was the one who had raised Ophelia and would defend her no matter the circumstances. Thus, she was solely dependent on his support and advice. Her relationship with her father was filled with love and seemed to have no limit. However, this notion came crashing down when Hamlet plunged his sword into Polonius, thinking he, Polonius, was King Claudius. Without Polonius, Ophelia was left with no one to fall back on because she had no female figure in her life and all the men in her life were becoming distant from her. Out of all these men, her father evidently had the most predominant effect on her life. Just as he advised the king in political matters, he too helped Ophelia overcome her own personal issues involving friends and most of all, Hamlet. He was the one who charged Ophelia not to talk to Hamlet because he believed Hamlet did not truly love Ophelia but was only trying to sleep with her. The feeling of when Polonius charged her to act as if Hamlet was non-existent, and coupled with the untimely death of her father, caused her to internally go …show more content…
Ophelia believed that Hamlet was madly in love with her because of his actions in her room. She believed that he was going insane due to his overwhelming sense of affection festering inside him. He was behaving with her in a way that she had never seen. As the play progressed, Hamlet’s rude remarks towards Ophelia began to become worse and worse. Hamlet’s misogyny played a huge part in his interactions with Ophelia because in each interaction with her, he would insult her, which would gradually continue to lower her self-esteem. To add insult to injury, the man that she loved murdered her father in cold blood. This segued to Hamlet being exiled to England where he was ordered to be executed as a result of his murder of Polonius. The effect of this heartless murder and Hamlet’s exile mentally punctured Ophelia and brought her to a state of mind, in which, her insanity was able to physically manifest. This lowered sense of self worth, combined with her already weakened psyche, caused her to go over the

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