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Is it love?
Transcript of Is it love?
Ophelia and Hamlet
Towards the end of the play, Ophelia commits suicide because she could not live surrounded by the insanity of her father's death andHamlet's rejection. she can not accept that Hamlet did not love her anymore. His rejection proves that he does not love her.
"Ophelia’s unique development has given her an especially permeable psyche. Motherless and completely circumscribed by the men around her Ophelia has been shaped to conform to external demand, to reflect other’s desires" (Dane)
Love between Hamlet and Ophelia is unreal.
Hamlet gives Ophelia false hope by promising to marry her. He uses her for his own sexual pleasure and other desires. Thus, after Hamlet left Ophelia feels abandon because she realizes that Hamlet tricked her and does not love her. Also, since she once lived in a patriarchal society without men guiding her in her life she feels lost.
Hamlet claims, "You should not have believed me, for virtue cannot so (inoculate) our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not." (III.I.127)
Ophelia states, "He is dead and gone, lady, He is dead and gone: at his head a grass green turf, at his heels a stone" (IV.V.35)
"Quoth she 'Before you tumbled me, You promised me to wed"(IV.V.67-68)
"Under the diametrically opposed pressures of sexual invitation from Hamlet and the need for chastity, it is not surprising that Ophelia’s sanity collapses" (Findlay)
Is it Love?
Ophelia's Madness Scene
Findlay, A. (2010). Ophelia. Women In Shakespeare, 311-312.
Dane, Gabrielle. "Reading Ophelia's Madness." Exemplaria 10.2 (1998): 405-423. Literary Reference Center. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.
In the novel, the love between Hamlet and Ophelia appears to be real. Also, it looks like there is a love connection between the two characters. However, as the story progresses Hamlet's true intentions are shown.
Hamlet's madness demonstrates that he is unable to love Ophelia. Also, he never loved her in the first place because he only used her for his own needs. since he is mad he does not have the ability to love
"Get thee to a nunnery, go. Farewell" (III.I.148)