Regardless of whether Hamlet had feigned insanity, he would have never been so unkind to Ophelia and her father if he had really loved her. Whenever Polonius wishes to speak to Hamlet and ascertain his emotions, Hamlet asks him if he has a daughter. When he replies that indeed he does, Hamlet advises Polonius to “let her not walk i’th’ sun” (2.2.184). Though, Polonius perceives this statement as advice not to allow Ophelia to walk in public, Hamlet clearly means that Ophelia should not listen to or follow her father. She should not walk in the sun—her father’s light. No one who truly loves someone else will insult her family, especially not her mother or father. Hamlet would have respected Polonius. He even degrades Polonius when speaking to Ophelia. When Hamlet asks her where her fathe...
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...reated her poorly to appear more insane; but, what kind of love would include belittling someone for gain? He never even put weight in what she said. Even if she had no mind to think for herself, Hamlet would not have cared if he truly loved her. Hamlet’s so-called affections for Ophelia were just that—so-called and nonexistent.
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