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Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Ophelia is one of the main characters in the play, Hamlet, as the daughter of the chief counsellor of the king, Polonius, the sister of Laertes and the romantic interest of Hamlet. Ophelia is one of the very few female characters in the play and Ophelia and Queen Gertrude are both used to be contrasted. Ophelia is a loyal character, which the opposite of Queen Gertrude because Gertrude betrayed her husband, King Hamlet, by poisoning him and marrying his brother, now King Claudius. She is a loyal character and the prime example is shown by the way she acts with her father. She clearly has so much respect for him and values whatever he says to her. For instance, in Act One, Scene 3, when Ophelia was talking to Laertes about Hamlet, and then their father comes in, Polonius tells Ophelia: “For Lord Hamlet, Believe so much in him that he is young, And with a larger tether may he walk than may be given you. In few, Ophelia, Do not believe his vows, for they are brokers not of that dye which their investments show, but mere implorators of unholy suits, breathing like sanctified and pious bawds, and the better to beguile. This is for all: I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth, have you so slander any moment leisure, as to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet. Look to’t, I charge you. Come your ways”. (Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3, 24-35) Then, to which Ophelia replies: “I shall obey, my lord.”(Act 1, Scene 3, 36) She is clearly obeying her father when he tells her that she should not be seeing Hamlet ever again. It can also be inferred that she is naïve because throughout the entire part of their conversation, she thought that Hamlet was being totally honest with her and she never considered what kind of person Hamlet might ...

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...f his fathers, Hamlet was also betrayed. He kept wondering how his mother can do this to him and Hamlet plots revenge against the King; the king is also plotting revenge against Hamlet. Hamlet is saddened by his father’s death, but what saddened him even more was that his mother would do such thing like betray his father. However, the death of her father was the primary reason why she went mad. She didn’t go mad because of anything else. She was deeply saddened by her father’s death because he was the only one she looked up to and whom she say as her shining light, so to speak, but now that light has gone away and she saw no point in continuing on with life. Ophelia also resented Hamlet after that because she knew that he killed her father, but she did not feel like she should plot revenge against Hamlet for killing her father.

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Hamlet by Shakespeare
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