Essay on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Through the eyes of the audience during Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia was truly played out as a pond in their game of life that which eventually developed into her own tragic world as the play proceeded. She was deceived, betrayed, manipulated, and tragically enough – used. She contained no will power within herself, or have a sense of reality of which destroyed her world. What made the situation all the more heartbreaking was the fact that she wasn’t used just by any stranger, nor by any ordinary people, but rather by her loved ones, some her own flesh and blood.
Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius; the father representing the eyes and ears of the King. Ophelia can be considered the most static and one-dimensional character in the play. It’s possible for her to be seen as a tragic heroine as she would have to overcome obstacles regarding the death of her father and betrayals of her loved ones. However she develops into a senseless woman at the end, hence she is merely a tragic character. One of her major flaws developing her into a tragic ending, is the fact that she obeys the orders of all those around her, avoiding her heart’s desires, as a result leading into her own destruction.
Through the proceedings of the play, we can interpret that the love that Ophelia and Hamlet both shared for one another tragically altered. Initially, he had sent her several tenders, and displayed many of his affections towards her, through letters, declarations, and possibly even sexual intercourse. We can infer this by Ophelia, as she returns the literatures that Hamlet once wrote to her, “My lord, I have remembrances of you That I have longed long to redeliver. I pray you now receive them.” while Hamlet denies her of the letters and his actions, “No, not I. I never gave you aught.” (III, I, 93-97) Hamlet had made the decision to act irrational due to the plot and revenge of his uncle. This caused Hamlet to betray Ophelia and her love, as he insulted her and requested that she go acquire some assistance, or go to a hore house, implying that’s where she belonged, “Get thee to a nunnery.” (III.I.121). This is the first incident that Ophelia goes through in the play, as she loses someone that she had adored and truly loved without it truly being her responsibility or mistake.
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