Hamlet And Ophelia Analysis

analytical Essay
1066 words
1066 words

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, written by William Shakespeare, is considered to be one of his most perplexing plays. The tragedy follows the story of Prince Hamlet as he undergoes states of insanity, depression, and eventual death. Theories regarding Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia are developed through subplots and leave the reader questioning as to whether Hamlet truly loved her. Arguments can be made that Hamlet and Ophelia love one another, but there are many obstacles that prevent them from rightly being together. The couple face a series of cascading problems, including the high expectations set forth by their friends and family. As the story develops, these problems cause major setbacks that become impossible to …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how shakespeare's the tragedy of hamlet, prince of denmark, is one of his most perplexing plays.
  • Analyzes how ophelia's personality and characteristics symbolize innocence, since her father, polonius, and brother, laertes, protect her from worldly influences.
  • Analyzes how the pressures of patriarchal society have a large impact on ophelia.
  • Analyzes how hamlet is the consummate iconoclast, in self-imposed exile from elsinore society, and the adulated champion of denmark.
  • Analyzes how hamlet "acts" crazy around his friends and peers in order to learn the truth behind his father's death. he sells his insanity to ophelia to convince her father and the king.
  • Analyzes how the story of hamlet, written by william shakespeare, is considered to be a perplexing play as the many subplots twist, turn, and unfold.

As Prince of Denmark, Hamlet had to live up to the expectations set upon him by his mother, uncle, and the society around him. According to CliffsNotes, Hamlet is “the consummate iconoclast, in self-imposed exile from Elsinore Society, while, at the same time, he is the adulated champion of Denmark — the people 's hero" (Hamlet). Because of these demands Hamlet is constantly moody, directs terse comments towards others, and often entertains thoughts of suicide. He feels he is not free to make his own choices about whom he should marry, as he must keep his interests within the state. Consequently, it puts a strain on Hamlet and Ophelia 's relationship, never allowing it to fully …show more content…

In order to sway everyone in Elsinore that Hamlet was insane, he first sells his insanity to Ophelia because he knows of her loyalty to her father. By convincing her, he would convince her father and the king. Despite his successful plan of "craziness", he severs many relationships with friends and family, especially with his believed-to-be lover. After verbally assaulting her in the castle, Ophelia takes his words "I loved you not" (3.1.117) and "...what monsters you make of them" (3.1.134-35) to heart and she feels betrayed and abandoned. Once again, the relationship is demolished. However, upon Ophelia 's death, Hamlet professes, "I loved Ophelia; forty-thousand brothers / could not match with all their quantity of love / make up my sum" (5.1.236-38). The readers learn in Act V that Hamlet 's love for Ophelia was indeed genuine despite his previous actions and words. The story of Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, is considered to be a perplexing play as the many subplots twist, turn, and unfold. The relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia is conceivably the most widely discussed topic as countless theories are developed throughout the story. It is a tragedy, of many sorts, that Hamlet and Ophelia are not able to display their love for each other,

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