Hamlet Postcard Secret: Ophelia My postcard secret is based on the character Ophelia from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. In the play, Ophelia was portrayed as an innocent girl that is naive when it comes to the concept of love. Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is Ophelia’s suitor. From their time together, Ophelia believes that Hamlet truly loves her. Unfortunately for her, the affection that hamlet had been providing her was misleading and as Hamlet spirals into madness, Hamlet’s true thoughts and intentions are revealed.
The story of “Romeo And Juliet” has many love types. One of the main types of love shown in Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet is Unrequited love. In act one scene one of Romeo And Juliet, Romeo states, “ Out of her favor, where I am in love.” Romeo is talking to Benvolio about how Rosaline doesn’t love him, and in turn he is sad. This is Unrequited love because the love between Romeo and Rosaline is not mutual. On lines 213-215 of act one scene one Romeo states, “ She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do I live dead that live to tell it now.” Rosaline has sworn not to love, so Romeo claims this has left him feeling dead.
The type of love felt by Hamlet and Laertes is quite different. Ophelia is the sister of Laertes and therefore he has brotherly love for her. Before leaving Denmark, Laertes advises against relations with Hamlet. He remarks on the love Hamlet has for Ophelia as being “The perfume and suppliance of a minute,/ No more.” (I, iii, 9-10) This is evidence of tension between Laertes and Hamlet and foreshadows the later confrontation between them. On the contrary, Hamlet feels romantic love for Ophelia.
For example, one of the situations that has happened between Polonius and Ophelia is when Polonius finds out that Ophelia has a lover named Hamlet. He gives an incite of the perception of males when it comes to having relations with women. He stated that Hamlet didn’t genuinely love Ophelia and it was simply a lie to make her feel special. In a way he lowered Ophelia’s confidence by suggesting that he would not choose her over a prettier woman. He then argues with Ophelia and tells her that all Hamlet wanted to do was get in her pants because she was easy and gullible to him.
Since he grew up reading a lot of Shakespeare and learning about love in a more dramatic way, he sees Lenina as someone who can’t understand what true romance is. When she takes him to a “feely”, trying to figure out if he is attracted to her like she is to him, it reinvigorates his love for her, although he suppresses his physical desire due to his own shame. This is an example of how different the two characters have been raised, with John focusing on true love and trying to see Lenina as a wholesome, pure virgin (similar to Juliet in the story Romeo and Juliet), and Lenina becoming infatuated with him because of his resistance to her sexual
Whatever will benefit Polonius’ reputation is his only incentive to keep Ophelia informed about men. Ophelia is able to reveal to Polonius that Hamlet has affection for her. “‘He hath my lord, of late made many tenders of affection to me!’... ‘do you believe his tenders as you call them?” Ophelia wants to believe that Hamlet is being sincere revealing a feminine way to look at an affair, but Polonius shuts down her perceptions about Hamlet. Feminist analysis comes into play with the male intentions versus the female emotions. The difference between Polonius and Ophelia is that Ophelia’s intentions are emotional and Polonius’ intentions are more social.
“I loved you not” Love, ranging from mutual affection to enjoyment, is a strong and powerful bond that two people can share if he or she enjoys being in the presence of the other person and both have strong feelings for each other. Hamlet and Ophelia, two crucial characters in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, are at first thought to be in love, but as the play’s plot begins to build, it is shown that Hamlet has very little to no feelings for Ophelia. Once several conflicts and truths are revealed within the play, Hamlet’s character starts to act crazier and crazier which ultimately is a great factor on why Hamlet shows no affection towards Ophelia. Throughout the course of Hamlet, many instances are shown that Hamlet doesn’t love Ophelia, never did, and actually meant it when he said “I loved you not.” The truth about King Hamlet’s death is dwindled in a lie created by newly coronated King Claudius, who was the one to commit
Ophelia’s doubts of Hamlet’s love are planted when she is conversing with her brother, Laertes, and her father, Polonius. The two men in her family do not trust Hamlet and do not want Ophelia to marry Hamlet. This conflict results in Polonius and Laertes telling Ophelia that Hamlet does not care about her, he is only
Because Demetrius and Lysander both randomly fell in love with Helena, she was led to believe she was being made fun of. Demetrius and Lysander were also confused because they knew it wasn’t a joke, and they truly loved her (Shakespeare 3.2 125-355). This is an example of dramatic irony because the audience knew something the characters didn’t. The readers knew a love potion was put into both Lysander and
In Act 3, scene 1, Claudius tells Gertrude, “...leave us too / For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, / That he, as ‘twere by accident, may here / Affront Ophelia” (Shakespeare 136). Claudius is aware of the fact that Hamlet has been sending Ophelia love letters, and that Ophelia only told Polonius about the letters “in obedience” (Shakespeare 94). Claudius willingly participates in a situation where two young people, who are struggling with their emotions for each other, will purposefully run into one another. Claudius does not care for how this interaction will affect Ophelia’s naive and sensitive emotions. He only uses her so that he can gain the information he so badly craves and needs from Hamlet.