Hamlet Essay Ophelia’s role in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet is quite confusing. Throughout the play, Ophelia is portrayed as gentle, loyal and obedient, but hides in the background like a supporting actress. She is intended to be Hamlet’s love interest, yet he doesn’t include her in any of his life-changing plans. Ophelia has no major qualities, yet her life and death have an incredible influence on most characters, especially Hamlet. Throughout the entirety of the play, Ophelia is reluctant to defend herself. This is typical for a female character in Shakespearean time. During Shakespeare’s time, a woman is said to be completely dependent and obedient to her father, and further on to her husband. Ophelia fits this script perfectly. She is the perfect daughter who, without argument, obeys her father entirely. In the quote, “I shall obey, my Lord” (I.III.136) Ophelia is referring to her father as her Lord when asked to reject Hamlet. As ironic as it seems, Ophelia’s perfection is her one of her biggest downfalls. Ophelia is used by the man she respects most, her father or her “Lord,” to spy on hamlet. Her spying on Hamlet brings nothing but more of a deepened despair which contributes to her death. Polonius continues to use Ophelia as his puppet throughout the play. He persuades Ophelia to have a meeting with Hamlet, which soon becomes a turning point in the play. In this meeting, Hamlet reveals his feelings, although complicated, to Ophelia as well as how deeply he feels betrayed by her. When Ophelia tries to return Hamlets gifts, he goes into a fury of anger and disgust, telling Ophelia to “get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners” (III.I.121-122). As important things are revealed in this scene, the audience begins to realize that Ophelia is much more significant character than originally portrayed. Suddenly she is not only used as a tool for Shakespeare, but also for Hamlet and Polonius. Ophelia’s character was also used as a tool by Shakespeare to foreshadow future events. In her first appearance, her brother, Laertes, and her father, Polonius, warn her to stop seeing Hamlet because, according to them, he only wants her virginity and would never marry her. This warning from her family is insight to her future conflict with Hamlet, which continues to a life of madness and death. In act II, Ophelia describes a short meeting with Hamlet to her father, telling him that he was starting to look and act like that of a crazy man. One possible interpretation of this scene is that Hamlet is using Ophelia to “put [his] antic disposition on” (I.V.172). No matter Shakespeare’s intention, this can be seen as foreshadowing of the madness to come throughout the rest of the play. Even in her madness and death Ophelia remains a significant character in this play. During her crazy ramblings, we as readers have an opportunity to compare Shakespeare's definitions of true and false insanity. This comparison can give confirmation or doubt on the interpretation of Hamlet's questionable crazy behavior throughout the play.
Ophelia's death has an obvious significance. Upon her death, Hamlet is reminded of how
Essay On Hamlet
The story of Hamlet brings out interesting character with interesting characteristics that are shown throughout the tragic story. Many characters have their own motives and goals that they ultimately want to accomplish by the end of this story. These motives can have somewhat of malicious or o innocent intent as each character is only doing the things they do in benefit of themselves. Whether it be for more power or just happiness these characters cunningly scheme their way to their…
November 25, 2014
For this essay we are going to be talking about William Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his father and told that his uncle Claudius, who is now King, was responsible for his murder. Hamlet is torn about trying to avenge him, and ends up pretending to be insane. He hires actors to do a play about a man who kills his brother to become king to see Claudius' reaction. Hamlet confirms that Claudius was responsible…
16 January 2015
Hamlet Comparison/Contrast Essay
Kenneth Branuagh and Mel Gibson have two different takes on the film Hamlet. While
there are not so many similarities, there are many differences. Because both films take different
takes of the text I believe both films are effective in their own way.
The two films many be very different but the have some similarities, the setting, plot and
little things like Hamlet wears black clothes in both or Ophelia sings after she goes insane…
John Dover Wilson once wrote a book entitled, What happens in Hamlet. Of course, nothing happens in Hamlet, as anyone who has read the play will know. The play is a study in Hamlet's hesitation, his inability to act, his inability to "force the moment to its crisis." Most of the significant action in the play takes place before the play begins, or takes place off stage (such as the suicide of Ophelia) or occurs in the final scene, when Hamlet avenges the death of his father. Perhaps the only occasion…
Deceit in Hamlet
In one of William Shakespeare’s most well known plays, Hamlet, Prince Hamlet is determined to find out the truth regarding his father’s death. After Hamlet’s father is found dead, it is assumed it is an accidental death, after misleading information and finally learning the truth, Hamlet has to decide what is real and what is not. Throughout the play there is persistent confusion on what is real and what is just an act. Besides Prince Hamlet himself, several characters…
Evidence: “O, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody” Act 4, Scene 4
Delaying in his pursue to avenge the death of his father, this caused Hamlet to be disgusted with himself, and at this moment, he results to bloody violence to fulfill his revenge. Hamlet is poisoned by the thought of violence and revenge. He begins to taste the toxic poison by stating that he is ready to result to “bloody” action.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Hamlet Essay Prompt 3
The desire for revenge or a determination to redress a wrong can always interfere with one’s responsibilities. It interferes because he or she is so concentrated on satisfying that desire and you don’t take notice on how you are behaving. Hamlet would be an example of this desire because he is determined to avenge his father’s death that it interferes with his responsibilities being a prince and lover. Hamlet’s passion becomes a conflict throughout the play and that’s what…
Essay Topic #3
A girl without freedom, a mind of her own, a mother, a father, a boyfriend, or
anything that mattered; Ophelia had no life at all. Ophelia is a character from the play
Hamlet by William Shakespeare. She is the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes and
lover of Prince Hamlet. Although she had three people there for her, they truly weren’t
there for her own interests. Her father Polonius, is too busy getting people to like him by
using Ophelia. Her brother…
Revenge As A Theme Of Hamlet
In the play “Hamlet,” by William Shakespeare, the main theme is that followed through plans of revenge lead to tragedy. Throughout the play, several different people want revenge on somebody. Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, wants revenge on the current King of his country, his uncle, who killed Hamlet’s father, the original King, in order to take the crown and marry the Queen. When trying to revenge his father by killing his Uncle, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius…
Hamlet Final Essay
This essay will talk about how people in history failed to recognize there consequences. It will also talk about how people recognized the consequences but couldn’t change the outcome. Then I will talk about lessons I learned from the play hamlet. Then I will say how my life reflects my beliefs and some conflicts in it.
One of the biggest consequences that a person failed to recognize was when the first ships came to the United States. There was no way King George the 3rd could…