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Fever Chart :Ophelia

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Hamlet Fever Chart Assignment
Ophelia's Love for Hamlet

John-Bosco Nguyen
Wilkins-5th Block


Love can have a marvelous effect on a person and it can also sometimes have a bad effect as well. At the beginning of the play, Ophelia is happily to be in love with her lover Hamlet. However, when he rejects her, she becomes very saddened and eventually depressed. Due to this, the intensity of her love for Hamlet changes from being completely in love with him to being very pessimistic. On scale of one to ten, Ophelia's love for Hamlet in every act is rated and then recorded on a Fever Chart.
Intensity of Ophelia's Love for Hamlet

Acts and Scenes
Scale of Intensity:
10- Hatred (Wants to kill him)
9- Fierce/ Angry
8- Depression
7- Sadness
6- Neutral (No feelings whatsoever)
5- Acquaintance - to Best Friend
4- Liking Someone
3- "Normal Relationship" Love
2- Really in Love
1- Insanely / Crazily in Love (Obsessed)

Act 1:
Scene 1-2
Act 1:
Scene 3-5
Act 2:
Scene 1-2
Act 3:
Scene 1-2
Act 3:
Scene 3-4
Act 4:
Scene 1-4
Act 4:
Scene 5-7
Act 5:
Scene 1-2
Quote 1. Act 1 ,Scene 3, Line 45-51
Ophelia: "I shall the effect of this good lesson keep
As watchman to my heart. But, good my brother,
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven
Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads
And recks not his own rede." (Shakespeare, Act 1, Scene 3)
This is Ophelia's response to Laertes after he tells her to stay away from her lover Hamlet. She replies to him that she will take his word in mind and also tells about her love for Hamlet. She defends Hamlet by telling Laertes that Hamlet shares the same feelings for her. Despite of her brother's wishes, her id, or her desire for her love for Hamlet is still strongly present. There is however some ego influence from her brother that is affecting her.
Rank: 3 ("Normal Relationship" Love)

Quote 2. Act 1 ,Scene 3, Line 136
Ophelia: "I shall obey, my lord."(Shakespeare, Act 1, Scene 3)
This is when her Dad, Polonius commands her to stay away from Hamlet, because he believes Hamlet will say anything impressive to Ophelia to sleep with her. Although she explains him about how their love for one another is real, she still obeys in her father. Her desire for her love for Hamlet remains the same but, the ego from the presence of her father is starting to have an impact on her id.
Rank: 3"Normal Relationship" Love
Quote 3. Act 2,Scene 1, Line 136
Ophelia: "He grabbed me by the wrist and held me hard, then backed away an arm’s length and just looked at me, staring at me like an artist about to paint my picture. He stayed like that a long time. Finally, after shaking my arm a little, and jerking his head up and down three times, he sighed like it was his last breath. After that he let me go. He left the room with his head turned back on me, finding his way out without looking, since his eyes were on me the whole time.."(Shakespeare, Act 2, Scene 1)
This quote demonstrates the intensity of Ophelia's love for Hamlet. It shows how excited she gets at the possibility that Hamlet was going crazy because he is madly in love. Ophelia's id is stronger than before because she starts to like him even more. She was even to make her Dad realized his mistake on his initial thought on Hamlet.

Rank: 2 (Really in Love)

Quote 4: Act 2,Scene 2, Line 111-120
Polonius: "Good madam, stay a while. I will be faithful.
(reads the letter)
“  Doubt thou the stars are fire,
  Doubt that the sun doth move,
  Doubt truth to be a liar,
  But never doubt I love.
O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers. I have not art to reckon my groans, but that I love thee best, oh, most best, believe it. Adieu.
  Thine evermore, most dear lady,
  whilst this machine is to him,
This in obedience hath my daughter shown me,
And more above, hath his solicitings,
As they fell out by time, by means, and place,
All given to mine ear."
In this quote, Ophelia is shown replying back to one of Hamlet's love letter. She enjoys talking back to Hamlet and through his letter Hamlet, it is shown he feels the same way. This letter proves that there was a time where Hamlet was in love with Ophelia which makes her very happy.

Rank: 2 (Really in Love)
Quote 5. Act 3,Scene 1, Line 99-105
Ophelia: "My honored lord, you know right well you did,
And with them, words of so sweet breath composed
As made the things more rich. Their perfume lost,
Take these again, for to the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
There, my lord." (Shakespeare, Act 3 , Scene 1)
In this quote, She tries to show Hamlet and proved to him they there was a time where they both loved each other. She reminds him that they wrote and returned love letters with each other. She moves on from Hamlet by trying to return and says the object loses its value when the giver becomes mean. By trying to remind Hamlet of their past together , this demonstrates that her id , her desire to love Hamlet is weaken but it is still present. Her ego and superego is continuing to develop.

Rank: 4(Liking Someone)
Quote 6. Act 3,Scene 1, Line 140
Ophelia: "Heavenly powers, restore him!" (Shakespeare,Act 3, Scene 1)

In this quote, Ophelia is seen begging the Heavens to restore Hamlet back to the way he was. Her begging and plea shows how intense her feelings for Hamlet. In some of the previous scenes, Ophelia tries to cover up out her true feelings and move on with her life when confronting with crazy Hamlet.In this scene, her true feelings for him are finally released. In effect, this quote shows her id being is very strongly presented and surpassing her ego and superego.

Rank: 2 (Really in Love)
Quote 7. Act 3,Scene 1, Line 140
Ophelia: "You get better in your jokes and worse in your manners." (Shakespeare,Act 3, Scene 1)
In this quote, Her id is appears to be gone. She is annoyed by Hamlet and tries to ignoring him and telling him he's a jerk. At this point of the play, her ego has grown and started to dominate and have a greater impact on her id. She no longer has the desire to love Hamlet like she used to. The superego is now emerging and she starts to question or not if she is doing the right thing by ignoring Hamlet when he insults her.

Rank: 6 Neutral (No feelings whatsoever)
Quote 8. Act 4,Scene 5, Line 12-35
GENTLEMAN: "She speaks much of her father, says she hears
There’s tricks i' th' world, and hems, and beats her heart,
Spurns enviously at straws, speaks things in doubt
That carry but half sense. Her speech is nothing,
Yet the unshaped use of it doth move
The hearers to collection. They aim at it,
And botch the words up fit to their own thoughts,
Which, as her winks and nods and gestures yield them,
Indeed would make one think there might be thought,
Though nothing sure, yet much unhappily." (Shakespeare, Act 4, Scene 5)
This quote basically about a gentlemen describing how crazy or insane Ophelia has become. The death of her father and the break-up of Hamlet have a devastating effect on Ophelia's sanity. The superego has suppresses her impulses, her basic needs and also her id. Her love of Hamlet is completely gone.

Rank: 8 (Depression)
Quote 9. Act 4,Scene 5, Line 83-85
Ophelia: "I hope all will be well. We must be patient, but I cannot choose but weep, to think they should lay him i' th' cold ground. " (Shakespeare, Act 4, Scene 5)
Ophelia continues to be insane. Her father's death and the issue with Hamlet and caused her to act out. The dilemma of obeying her father but also being true to her lover Hamlet has caused her to feel guilty about Polonius' death. This caused and drove Ophelia insane to the point where her superego completely suppresses her id.

Rank: 8 (Depression)
Quote 10. Act 4,Scene 7, Line 117-120
Queen: "Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death." (Shakespeare, Act 4 , Scene 7)
Her death was really passive. She basically gave up on life and didn't even fought to stay alive while drowning in the lake. She neglects to saving herself from sinking in the river. Ophelia's superego has literally drove her impulses and desire away to a point she doesn't even care about living anymore.
Rank: 8 Depression
The End
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