We see Ophelia torn between her desire to be near Hamlet or pleasing her father and her brother. This clearly represents a massive internal conflict to Ophelia. Especially when she has been ordered by her father to stay away from Hamlet. Then, He ordered again to be the bait for Cladius who 's want to snoop on her conversation with Hamlet. Hence, Ophelia placed for the second time in a difficult choice, She must choose between her loyalty to her father or her loyalty to her lover
She suffers from extreme cruelty by her own father Polonius. He is the worst image of a father because he disrespects, controls and manipulates his own daughter for his own whims (Dorn, 1999). For example, he orders Ophelia to participate in uncovering the thoughts of Hamlet "...Walk you here… Read on this book that shows such exercise may color your loneliness"(III.i:41-46) in this excerpt, he orders her to pretend to read from a book in order to make it more reasonable to be alone when she meets Hamlet. Obviously, she follows exactly what her father tells her to as she replies to his orders "I shall obey my lord"(I.iv:136). She continues talking with Hamlet (her lover) as she tries to give back to him the gifts in which he once has given to her. Similarly, Hamlet also mistreats her as he replies that he has never given her any gifts, and he continues denying even though she insists that he did. Hamlet then denies that he has ever loved her and that she is better off in a nunnery. He goes further in identifying her only by her sexuality and he judges her to be a breeder of sinners. She suffers from an emotional breakdown because of the treatment of the one person she loves (Hulbert et al., 2006). "How now, Ophelia! You need not tell us what lord Hamlet said; we heard it all"(III.i:181-183), cruelly, in this excerpt, her father Polonius does not seem to understand the emotional situation in which he has put his daughter in nor to comprehend the damage he has caused to Ophelia and Hamlet 's relationship. He does not care about his daughter 's happiness; all he cares about is himself, and pleasing the king. Ophelia is unable to apprehend the dominance of her father as she obeys him blindly even in scheming against her beloved Hamlet. In addition, Polonius gives an advice to his son Laertes which is "Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his act"(I.iii:59-60)
In the beginning of "Hamlet" Ophelia was convinced by Polonius and Laertes that Hamlet does not love you he is just using you, and that you need to distance yourself and not give all your attention to Hamlet. From this point on, Ophelia sees that her father and brother is trying to keep her from making a fool of herself and getting
In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, societal structure is thrown into turmoil in Hamlet when the old king dies, and his brother takes the crown and the queen to be his own. Normally, the crown would go to the king’s grown son, Hamlet, yet this title has been usurped by his uncle. Hamlet, plotting to expose his uncle, begins to fake madness, which shocks the castle. The many characters in the play are taken along for the ride as Hamlet whips up a tempest of chaos in Elsinore. One of the characters dragged into the disarray is Ophelia, the daughter of the King’s advisor and Hamlet’s love interest. Ophelia is pulled in many different directions, and is used at the whims of the men in her life. She suffers greatly throughout the tragedy by none of her own faults. She is dragged into this conflict, yet she stays. Ophelia is a dutiful daughter, representing the "fairer sex" perfectly. She is obedient, loyal, and subservient in every way. She is also intelligent and witty, a quality often forgotten by those around her, conscious of the power dynamics around her. Yet it is her submissiveness, her willingness to please everyone, that ultimately seals her fate. She becomes the pawn of her father and the king and doesn 't have the ability to fight back, allowing herself to be taken advantage of. Her subservientness takes over her intelligence.
When Ophelia returns all his letters and gifts he tells her that he has never loved her and that she should “get thyself to a nunnery.” This is one example how his mood changes throughout the play. Then after all this her father, Polinous, is murdered by Hamlet. The Hamlet is sent away to England All of these actions result in her feeling such stress that she becomes insane in the end.
Hamlet, her father Polonius, and her brother Laertes decide everything for her. When she gets the chance to make a choice, she does not know how. “At four different times she say, ‘I do not know what to think, my lord,’ twice to her father and twice to Hamlet” (Montgomery Byles 1712). She wants to satisfy the desires of men and is confused when her feelings conflict with their wishes. She does not speak up or voice her opinion. Instead, Ophelia obediently carries out her father’s wishes to stop seeing Hamlet even though she loves him. “She is not allowed to have, much less declare an emotional world of her own” (Montgomery Byles 1713). To fulfill her father’s requests, she sacrifices her own happiness. Ophelia “...exists in a world created by their need…” (Montgomery Byles 1713). Ophelia’s whole life revolves around demands from the men she loves. She is expected to satisfy their wishes, but they never stop to think about her
Throughout the course of the play, Shakespeare displays Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship as a typical Shakespearean love story. A man and a woman fall in love, but life obstacles prevent them from marrying each other. For example, Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, and father, Polonius, forbid her from seeing Hamlet because Hamlet is a prince and is ought to marry a princess; Laertes describes Hamlet’s love to Ophelia as, “Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, The perfume and suppliance of a minute-No more” (1. 3. 8-10). Ophelia obeys to her father and agrees to stop seeing Hamlet, which portrays her as emotionless toward Hamlet. However, throughout the conversation, she resists and insists that she loves Hamlet. Ophelia mentions that, “My lord, he hath importuned me with love In honorable fashion” (1. 3. 111-112). Ophelia focuses on how honorable and
By attempting to leave Hamlet, Ophelia betrays him. This betrayal initially stirs confusion and later sparks anger when she tries to return the letters that Hamlet wrote to her. This anger was then projected into the hurtful insults that Hamlet used to harm Ophelia. This anger shows that Hamlet did, and still loves Ophelia. While Ophelia too has the same tender loving feeling for Hamlet, she is insanely submissive to her father (and other characters for that matter). This submissiveness leads to her being stuck in an uncomfortable situation with the man that she loves. She is extremely disheartened and surprised when she sees Hamlet’s violent reaction to the thought of separation. When Hamlet angrily storms off, her grief starts to overflow and she helplessly cries out and mourns Hamlet’s lunacy. “O, what a noble mind is here o 'erthrown!” (Shakespeare Act III Scene I). Ophelia
Furthermore, we haven’t seen Ophelia and Hamlet interact before this so we cannot know what their relationship was like, but we can make an educated guess that Hamlet never acted like this with her before based on the fact that she prays that he returns to his normal self in line 153. However, everything going through Hamlet’s mind is much more complex than what would be going through an insane person’s mind. To really understand Hamlet’s behaviour, it is necessary to look back at act one scene
Ophelia is not connected to the crimes Hamlet wants to avenge. Hamlet is brutal to Ophelia because he thinks that she is helping his enemies like Claudius and Polonius (even though Polonius is her father). Hamlet is becoming somewhat paranoid about everyone at this time. Ophelia goes mad because Hamlet was cruel to her, not reciprocating her love, and also because her father, Polonius, is now dead. This connects to earlier when Polonius was warning Ophelia and Claudius of entertaining the members of the court. Ophelia did not heed his advice, and as a result has gone mad.
In act four Hamlet ‘pretended’ that he didnt love Ophelia because her dad and claudius were watching him. If Hamlet really loved Ophelia then he would not of acted like a douche bag and made Ophelia feel like she meant nothing to him. If he did have to say those things he said to her so he can stay with her he didn 't even bother to send her a letter and tell her why he said the things he said, instead he never contacted her again he just let it be. Hamlet could have been a man and confessed his love for her in front of them and just fight for her.
By this point, Ophelia has lost her father and Hamlet. It becomes clear she is questioning her choices at this point and deeply regrets certain actions taken. Allison A. Chapman, in her article titled “Ophelia’s ‘Old Lauds”: Madness and Hagiography in Hamlet,” discusses Ophelia’s spiral to demise. Chapman points out that “trying to submit to her father and to be a good potential wife for Hamlet has brought her nothing” except “shattering grief and madness” (Chapman 123). Looking back, Ophelia remarks, “how should I your true-love know/ From another one?” (4.5.23-24). Ophelia questions her choices by asking if she could have possibly known who her true love was. She also briefly mentions the story of the baker’s daughter, which is crucial. This mention alone alludes to the fact that Ophelia regretted her choices made with Hamlet. Chapman described the importance of this piece within Hamlet well,
Ophelia is often thought of as one of the most obscure characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This is the result of her voice throughout the play only being heard in response to the voice of others and often dismissed as opaque nonsense. In turn, this leaves the audience open to depict her mute and physical interactions in a way which will correspond with their own thoughts and reasoning, forming Ophelia into much more well-rounded character than that of which we see in the text. As Showalter states in her essay, Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism, “there is no ‘true’ Ophelia […] but perhaps only a Cubist Ophelia of multiple perspectives, more than the sum of all her parts,” (Showalter 297). If you agree with Showalter, you’ll believe that in order for one to fully understand Ophelia’s
The theory about if Hamlet is going insane over his love with Ophelia is questioned often, but a more confusing situation is Hamlet’s struggle with his own mind. Hamlet’s struggle is shown to the audience in act three scene one. This is the scene that Hamlet recites the famous quote in a speech“To be or not to be”(A3 S1 line 64). This is where the audience realizes that
Ophelia stops loving Hamlet when her brother and father told her. Also, the news that Hamlet turned into a mad person weakened her more. Her father's death makes her more insane. Ophelia kills herself because she could not take the death of her father being killed by her love. And Hamlet asked her to become a nun which weakened her and eventually made her kill herself. Also, Ophelia's brother Laertes is entirely weakened by his father's death and his sister's suicide; he decides to kill Hamlet. In this case, we see that Ophelia was too weak to go with what life offered her so he killed