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Character Analysis of Ophelia in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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Ophelia is completely virtuous and dependent on the men in her life, which is something I can identify with. Of all the characters in the play Hamlet, the one I liked the most is Ophelia. Shakespeare portrayed her beautifully and put all his emotions into Ophelia’s character. Ophelia showed the exact image of the majority of women from my home country. In the play Hamlet, Ophelia was the most innocent, meek, but distraught character.
Ophelia was a young, innocent girl, who was spirited and was the age of daydreamers. Her dreams were all about the young prince Hamlet; she believed he was the man for her. A little bit of attraction seems like love to girls of her age. She was immature so she started to believe in Hamlet’s love for her and gave her untouched heart to him. Ophelia told Polonius, “And hath given countenance to his speech, my lord, with almost all the holy vows of heaven” (I.iii.114). We have evidence that Ophelia thought Hamlet really loved her. When her father asked her about Hamlet she replied, “He hath, my lord, of late made many tenders of his affection to me” (I. iii. 100). Her heart always convinced her that Hamlet loved her. While she was crazy, she admitted that Hamlet already used her and, due to her innocence, she lost her virginity. She still was heartbroken that Hamlet thought that she was not loyal to him. She wanted to say no to her father, when he asked Ophelia to spy on Hamlet but she could not do it because the women of that era had no power to
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