Does Hamlet Love Ophelia Rhetorical Analysis

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I would tell Hamlet to acknowledge the love he had for Ophelia and make it known to her because it would have greatly diminished tension between himself and many of the other characters. I believe that he truly did love Ophelia. Hamlet confesses this when he proclaims at her funeral, “ I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers/ Could not with all their quantity of love/ make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?” (V.i.236-238) The use of the comparison to the brothers enforces the genuine tone of Hamlets profession. Although Hamlet does finally voice his feelings for Ophelia, he is too late. I hypothesize he procrastinated because he was afraid of what the outcome would be. This issue would have been resolved if Hamlet had gotten his revenge on Claudius instead of overthinking the process to the point of his self disgust, he would have been able to reveal the truth …show more content…

Additionally, Hamlet has shown to be quite an immature boy and, for lack of a more articulate phrase, I would tell him to grow up. He conveys this personality through the question, “Are you fair?” (II.i.105) When questioning her virginity his adolescent personality rises to the surface. Another reason I would tell Hamlet to mature is because I was frustrated with the pace of the relationship. While acting insane was likely to protect Ophelia, his actions wounded her instead. Personally, I am a tremendously curious person and always find myself trying to determine the true meaning of an issue, even if it turns out to be convoluted and vague in nature, I crave explanations. As a result, if I found myself looking at the situation from Ophelia’s perspective, I too would lose sense of my sanity. She goes through life with no knowledge of the extent of Hamlet’s affections and never receives clarifications for his behavior. If Hamlet could have clarified and articulated his feelings of love for Ophelia, she would have been relieved of much

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