In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, Ophelia and Hamlet allow many things to cause them to behave irrationally. She allows Hamlet to consume her thoughts and everyday life. She does not want to listen to anyone’s advice, even if she knows what they are saying about Hamlet is true. Hamlet and Ophelia have a slight age difference and very different mindsets, therefore Hamlet is worried about many other things besides Ophelia. She eventually can no longer handled the feeling of being denied and willingly commits suicide.
Ophelia was a modern day good girl gone bad. She obeyed her father, Polonius, and brother, Laertes’, wishes to stay away from Prince Hamlet while trying to fight for her love for Hamlet and being herself. In the end her battle to please the men in her life, along with the constant betrayals and deaths, led to her own madness and death. Ophelia had become a fallen angel trying to please herself and those around her. Natalie Merchant portrayed this very well in her song lyrics entitled, Ophelia.
Many individuals make a commitment to obtain a higher quality of life. Although, some individuals constantly change their mind, and find a new occupation. In the play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare, illustrates how Hamlet makes an effort to take revenge for his father's murder, but constantly renounces his course of actions. Hamlet feels that it is his obligation to take action because he is the prince of Denmark and he’s a noble son, but when an opportunity strikes, Hamlet renounces his actions and misses his opportunity to kill Claudius. Although, as the play proceeds, Hamlet refuses to allow his conscience to manipulate him.
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.
Shakespeare has created many unique and peculiar characters throughout his works but Hamlet probably has to be one of the most bizarre personas within any of his writings. Hamlet’s simple inability to act upon his father’s death ultimately led to his own demise and destruction of the ones around him. He exhibits multiple times where he fails to follow through with his motives. On one occasion Hamlet misses the opportunity to assassinate Claudius, “...how all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge!... I do not know why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do;’...
In “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, William Shakespeare uses the sayings and behaviors of many of his minor characters to show his audiences the true characteristics of the protagonist, Prince Hamlet. This literary device is called a foil. A foil is a character whose traits help to clarify the character of the protagonist. In this famous play, Prince Hamlet has many foils. Laertes is the most effective foil to Hamlet because of how his life and reactions compare to that of Hamlet.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, power is undoubtedly the reason behind his fight to purloin the throne from Claudius for his own benefit. As opposed to the common notion that Hamlet sought to remove the usurper of the throne, simply as an act of vengeance for his father. From using people in his life such as Ophelia, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Polonius, and numerous other characters, Hamlet seeks to use his resources all as a means to gain the upper hand in his struggle against Claudius, and gain the power which should have rightfully been his. Beginning with Hamlet’s initial encounter with, from what appeared to be the ghost of his father. Hamlet is galvanized by the words it has to say.
Jordan Johnson Ms. Beaudion 2/10/15 Hamlet Literary Analysis Conflicting Personalities In the play “Hamlet”, written by William Shakespeare, King Claudius and his step son Hamlet had a great amount of tension between each other. Most of the tension was brought from Hamlet.
“Love can be uncertain, but true: The story of Hamlet and Ophelia” Love is a feeling difficult to understand. In fact no one exactly knows what does it mean to be in love. Some argue that being in love is feeling butterflies in the stomach and being constantly thinking about someone special. In my opinion, to love someone means to care for them and show respect at all times. In this play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, love is portrayed between the main character, Hamlet and the dear Ophelia.
After reading Hamlet, one is left with the feeling that perhaps Hamlet did love Ophelia, albeit in a strange and even bitter way, but he did. Furthermore; Laertes does not possess a valid source to refute Hamlet’s love for his sister other than the fact that they belong to different social spheres and that he might “deflower her” and then go marry someone that matches his riches. In act three, scene one is clear that Hamlet intent is to hurt Ophelia, he insults her and accuses her of being vain. As a result; there is a part in Hamlet’s dialogue with Polonius before the encounter with Ophelia that might tip the reader as to why Hamlet felt so angry toward Ophelia; “…the insults of arrogant men, the pangs of unrequited love, the inefficiency