Relationship Between Hamlet And Ophelia

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In Shakespeare, a running motif is the motif of Appearances vs. Reality; the way a character act and present himself or herself is the way other characters see them,; however, it is all an act. The relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia is a developing motif. An example of this motif is the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia. Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia is a subjective, however, even though Hamlet may appears to loathe Ophelia. In , in reality, he proves he truly loves herthat truly loves her and vise versa. 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…show more content…
Reality in Shakespeare's plays demonstrate the idea of how appearances rule the world. Hamlet acting as if he does not love Ophelia led to her death. In addition, Ophelia acts ed based upon her father’s wishes and what was considered acceptable and expected from a woman in her class in society. The motif also gives the audience a sense of power, because they know more than the characters do themselves. Appearances not only rule the world, but they could lead to mistakes that could never be fixed. People should be careful with the way they act, as it may lead to
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