Does Hamlet Love Ophelia Essay

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From understanding the interaction between Hamlet and Ophelia it’s clear that Hamlet loved Ophelia which is evident in the play from his own words "I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers, if you added all their love together, couldn't match mine" (Act 5). This confession was said by him when the play was nearly to end but for most of the play Hamlet expressed bashful words towards Ophelia. Hamlet treats Ophelia like she did not count or in other words he treated her like a doormat. During the interaction based off realization you can see that Ophelia probably loved Hamlet but if it wasn’t for being under the supervision of her brother and father, she might have been able to influence Hamlet and this would lead to a change in the play. On the other hand, Hamlet accuses Ophelia of faithlessness, of whoring. He tells her to get her to a nunnery, a statement that implies that she is no better than a whore. This can be justified in Act 3, Scene 1 “Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse…show more content…
This is justified in the play in Act 3, Gertrude said, “Alas, how isn’t with you, that you do bend your eye on vacancy and with th' in corporal air do hold discourse?” Therefore Gertrude assertion made Polonius assertion look very ironic due to the erotic change in his behavior. Hamlet mad behavior seems to cause him to lose his focus on reality, but the question is Hamlet “mad?” Personally, I don’t think that Hamlet is “mad” because the circumstances he has to manage emotionally are difficult and people have different reactions toward difficult situation like this. Hamlet yields to physical violence when he’s stress therefore show that he has deeper issues than merely acting
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