Of the two female characters in Hamlet, Ophelia is the youngest and often viewed as the most naive and impressionable. She’s a beautiful young noblewoman of Denmark who has her eyes set on the prince. Her father Polonius who is the chief counselor of the king, and her brother Laertes is a young Danish lord. As her life is dictated by the two, nothing is really left up to her discretion, not even her love life. Ophelia is often urged and warned by her brother and father to remain a virgin, to preserve her reputation as a good, wholesome noblewoman. In Act I, Laertes says Ophelia should “fear it” and “keep [herself] in the rear of [her] affection/Out of the shot of danger and desire./[because] The [most modest] maid is prodigal enough”(1.3.33-36). Juliet Dusinberre says:
“Laertes expects Ophelia to heed his counsel that 'best safety lies in fear. ' Her whole education is geared to relying on other people 's judgment, and to placing ch...
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...hout the play, Gertrude’s shadiness is shown over and over throughout her actions. By only seeing Gertrude doing harmful, manipulative things to others, it is hard to believe that she could have honestly not had any part in Ophelia’s death.
In Conclusion, the evidence presented incriminates none other than Queen Gertrude. Her jealousy of the relationship between Ophelia and Hamlet, and the guilt she had for all of the bad she had done could have caused her to sit back and watch poor Ophelia drown. Like a monster, she watched Ophelia’s flailing body drop into the brook, and instead of helping or getting help, she watched Ophelia sink to the bottom of the brook like an anchor. There was circumstantial evidence that gave reasoning and motive to call Ophelia’s death an accident and a suicide, but none as outstanding as that which supports the belief that she was murdered.
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