Ophelia's Honour In Hamlet

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In conclusion, the motif of honour is reinforced through the characters in the play, specifically Gertrude, Ophelia and Hamlet. Gertrude’s hasty marriage to Claudius amidst the mourning of her deceased husband, brings her honour into question. By defying the precedent established by other royal widows of monarchs, Gertrude risks her honour as a queen. As a consequence of her actions, Gertrude also loses her honour as a mother to Hamlet. During Gertrude’s last moments, Hamlet’s farewell was of anger and madness rather than sadness and sorrow. Ophelia’s lie to Hamlet marked betrayal in their relationship and ultimately the end to their trust. Inevitably, Ophelia’s honour with Hamlet was broken by her betrayals and lies she presented. The fate
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