Love and Hamlet Essay

Submitted By sissystevens47
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Shakespeare's Ophelia always seems to do as she is told, even if it is strongly against what her heart says. She is found always betraying her one true love, Hamlet, by obeying her father, Polonius, and later the king, Claudius, who believe that Hamlet has gone mad. Polonius seemed to be against Hamlet from the start, which should have been at least a signal to Ophelia to try and sneak around to be with Hamlet since Polonius did not even know him.
First, Polonius told Ophelia not to ever speak to Hamlet again in act 3.1. ‘’Polonius – come, go with me: I will seek the king this is the very ecstasy of love, whose violent property forged itself and leads the will to desperate under takings. As often as any passion under heaven that does afflict our natures. I am sorry. What have you given him and had words of late. / Ophelia – no my lord, but as you did comment I did repel his fetters and denied his access to me.” I think that if she was truly in love with him, which she showed towards the end of the play, she would have either defied her father or would have agreed and still would have gone to see Hamlet secretly. She would have gone to see him but I don’t think can voice herself. ”Ophelia’s voice” Hamlet has offered Ophelia gifts along with his love to gain Ophelia's love, but Polonius believes that this is Hamlet just trying to woo Ophelia. “Ophelia’s sexual act” He thinks that Hamlet does not really love his daughter. “Molding Ophelia” although Ophelia does try to defend Hamlet, she only says three things to try and protect their relationship. She could have just kept on arguing with him, which would not have been a very smart move, or she could keep up a secret relationship with Hamlet without her father knowing, but she decides not to do this because she can’t make her own decisions. “Ophelia the tool” Next, when Hamlet comes running into her room looking like he has just seen a ghost, which in fact he has, and she does not say a word to him. She just looks at him like he is crazy and watches him go out the door without saying a word. Afterwards, she even tells her father about what happened, and this causes Polonius to start believing that Hamlet has gone mad. “Ophelia’s dependents”
The second thing that Ophelia does, which causes her to lose Hamlet's trust, is set up a plan with King Claudius and Polonius to see if Hamlet is crazy and if Ophelia is the reason for his insanity. “Ophelia’s obedient” The king and Polonius hide while Ophelia is told to find Hamlet where he normally walks around and find out if he is insane and what has made him that way. Ophelia goes along with their plan willingly; she is not thinking of how Hamlet feels, and just follows the orders she has been given. “Marriage authority” I do not see how she still loves him after going through all this against him.
Ophelia has betrayed Hamlet's love for her, even though she was the one he truly loved. She obeyed her father, Polonius and did not speak to him, even when he looked like he had gone through something very terrible. “Need topic” She even tested Hamlet to see if he was crazy just because the king and her father asked her to. During the play Ophelia goes through some phases if you will from the timid daughter to a seducer then to the mad woman. “Ophelia’s phases” I think that, had Ophelia not obeyed her father so much, Ophelia and Hamlet would have led happy lives together in the end if she just took control. “Ophelia’s control”
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