Ophelia has trusted Hamlet entirely free of doubt, and this sudden change of heart destroys Ophelia emotionally. She begins to go mad due to her inability to cope with the instability of their relationship. Ophelia is found dead due to drowning shortly after. After her death, Hamlet’s opinion towards Ophelia changes once again. Hamlet stumbles upon her funeral and tells Laertes, “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers / Could not with all their quantity of love / Make up my sum” (5.1.271-273). Ophelia is just another victim of Hamlet’s intense uncertainty.
Finally, the last male figure in Ophelia’s life that mistreats her is the title character, Hamlet. In the beginning of the play, the readers discover that Hamlet has
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” (1,2,148)- women are weak and fragile,they can not fend for themselves they are brittle and easily broken, this is what some people see women as and Hamlet is one of them ; some men like Hamlet are misogynist as well. But we can not blame him for this. He has been betrayed by his own mother, Gertrude. A mother should show compassion, love, and stick up for their child and she has not shown any of that in the novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare. For this we see misogyny built throughout many of the scenes and it gives us reasoning as to why Hamlet can not love Ophelia the way we ourselves view love.
In the moment she tries to return them because of her father’s orders, he is contemplating the complexities of life and death and is already at a fragile point of being. Because Ophelia decided in that moment to confront Hamlet, he is cruel and tells her that “[he] loved her not” (3.1.115). His words that are a result of his pent up anger due to his mother’s incestuous and rash wedding decisions, lead to a series of reactions that dictate the lives of certain characters. As a result, Ophelia begins to go mad and eventually is believed to have “willfully seek[ed] her own salvation” because she cannot handle the burdens of Hamlet’s words (5.1.1). However, during her funeral, he claims that the does in fact love Ophelia and that “forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum” (5.1.255). Despite his words towards her the night she returned the letters, he does love her, indicating that the Ophelia’s madness and eventual death was a result of chaotic
Hamlet’s true feelings for Ophelia come out when he hears about her death. He confessed that, “forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum(Act 5, Scene 1, Pg.12),” meaning if you could add the love of forty brothers it still wouldn’t match his love for her. He also questioned Laertes asking him what could he possibly do for her that he couldn’t. He then went on to say that we would go as far as eating a crocodile for her, showing his madness starting to deepen. Ophelia’s significance in play is revealed after this scene showing that she was his last piece of sanity and love.
Gertrude states that Ophelia fell into the water when she was trying to hang her “fantastic garlands” on a tree and one of the branches broke. However, when she was in the water, she was “one incapable of her own distress”, not acknowledging the danger she was in (4.7.177). Even though she was in the water, she did not struggle to escape the river, but instead sung “snatches of old tunes”, until finally the weight of her thick clothes pulled her under the water and she drowned (4.7.176). Therefore, Ophelia’s death was an accident to a certain extent, because her madness made her blind to the danger she was in. Although her death initially seems to be like a suicide, yet it was an accident. Suicide may have crossed Ophelia’s mind, because of the state she was in and everything that has happened with the men in her life. The pain and grief she went through is something she would probably like to get rid of, and perhaps once the tree branch broke, she just gave up and didn’t decide to fight the river currents. She was likely aware that she was drowning, and didn’t fight it because it is ironically a solution to her problems; but she did not consciously think of committing
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.
Through out her life, she complies with her father and brother’s direction all the time. Living in the time that men have more power than women, the personality of docile takes up most places of Ophelia’s heart. Even though she deeply loves Hamlet, when her father, Polonius, asks her to
In conclusion, although some may argue differently, Hamlet greatly loved Ophelia. Granted, the love was problematic, but he still loved her. The opposition posed great points, but Hamlet’s behavior, status, courting, and confession proves the point that he loves Ophelia. Hamlet proclamation of love twice seals the case that Hamlet in fact loved Ophelia. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the reader sees a young prince navigate through the intricate questions of love, and his journey can inspire one to get through their tough questions of life in the
In many of William Shakespeare’s plays, women are depicted as strong-willed and powerful characters. However, Hamlet is quite the opposite. While Hamlet is depicted as a willful, intelligent hero, Ophelia is limned as compliant, silent, and is constantly manipulated by her father, brother, and fiancé. Even her brother, who is her peer, treats Ophelia as inferior and incapable of independent thought. Ophelia’s dialogue, or lack thereof, creates a monumental difference between herself and Hamlet. By using many different forms of language, Shakespeare is able to show the intricate character of Ophelia, as well as illuminate the striking differences between her character and Hamlet.
Shakespeare's Hamlet represents many mysteries of human manner of conducting oneself and much suggestion for the reader to define them. Is Hamlet doubtlessly mentally ill, and, if so, when did he mislay his mind We can point to the murder of his father and the disobedience of his mother. The same concern might be ascribe to Ophelia: her father is killed, a loved one betrays her, and her madness is sudden. Instead, we tend to see her as a victim of Hamlet's changing regard rather than a woman who thinks and chooses for herself, as Hamlet seems to choose his madness. Elaine Showalter, in her essay "Representing Ophelia" writes that Ophelia is traditionally a blank upon whom readers throughout the ages have imposed their own beliefs about women.
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
In William Shakespeare 's play "The Tragedy of Hamlet" there are quite a few moments that raise questions as to whether Hamlet truly does love Ophelia or if he is just using her. At the start of the play, Hamlet is sending out mixed signals, one second he loves Ophelia then the next second he makes it seem as if he is just using her being rude to her and denying ever loving her. However, throughout the play it is proven that Hamlet is indeed truly in love with Ophelia after all. Hamlet 's love for Ophelia is shown in many ways throughout the play such as when they are alone together and greatly when Ophelia dies.
Hamlet a tragic play written by William Shakespeare is most commonly known as the main character avenging his father, King Hamlet’s death. Deep under the surface of Hamlet’s trials and tribulations lies his lustful love connection with Ophelia. Residing in Denmark, a young woman named Ophelia lives under the household of Polonius and is the sister of Laertes. As Ophelia struggles with the expression of her thoughts and emotions, her voice is trampled by a patriarchal society. Her male influences coupled with the lack of female attention she receives lends itself to a term that is known as “Ophelia Syndrome” or hysteria. Mental health resources define this syndrome as “being dependent on another person's thoughts, feelings or actions. The syndrome