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Hamlet’s and Ophelia’s loss of their fathers initiates their madness whether feigned or real. Both Hamlet and Ophelia have parents who use controlling behaviours, which compel them to commit to acts they have no desire to do. Hamlet’s father, Elderly Hamlet, who is murdered by his brother Claudius, reappears in apparition, “But howsoever thou pursuest this act, / Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul c... ... middle of paper ... ...yal for the unrequited love Hamlet gave Ophelia. Due to her loss of a father, and a man with whom has lost interest in her, she has no one to confide to, so he commits suicide. Hamlet feigning madness and Ophelia’s true insanity ultimately lead to their tragic deaths.
He misleads them to believing that the cause of his madness was over the loss of his true love, Ophelia. Even though the loss of Ophelia did affect him, the real cause of his madness was him plotting against his uncle to seek revenge for his fathers death. He brings in poor Ophelia into the madness of it all. He enters her room and causes a scene, grabbing her and throwing her as if she was nothing but a rag to him. She did nothing wrong and yet Hamlet treats her as if she should be pun... ... middle of paper ... ...e Online .
Hamlet is cruel to the extreme to all those who he feels are treacherous, not just to the women in his life. Hamlet expects his mother Gertrude to mourn for King Hamlet in the same way as he does, in "trappings and the suits of woe" (Hamlet, I, ii, 89). Instead, she marries Claudius shortly after the sudden death. Hamlet cannot understand how she could disrespect his father, especially since she so doted upon the King in life. He exclaims, "O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer!"
By Cock, they are to blame. Quoth she, 'Before you tumbled me, You promised me to wed.' ( IV; v; 60-64) It is after the death of Ophelia that Hamlet realizes his true feelings for her. This is another contributing factor that leads to Hamlet's own downfall. This tragic error in judgement leads Hamlet to destroy his relationship with his mother, Gertrude. By faking this madness he makes himself a less be... ... middle of paper ... ...t Ophelia he felt as if he had lost much more.
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