Relationship Between Ophelia And Ophelia

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The kind of relationship Hamlet and Ophelia had was not only complex but it was very problematic. I believe that Ophelia truly thought she would marry Hamlet even though her father and brother told her to stay away from him because “she could never end up with a man like that.” Laertes stated “Hamlet might "love you now, he is subject to his birth." He also told her before he left for school again “Fear it, Ophelia; fear it, my dear sister, And keep you in the rear of your affection, Out of the shot and danger of desire. The chariest maid is prodigal enough, If she unmask her beauty to the moon. Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes. The canker galls the infants of the spring Too oft before their buttons be disclosed, And in the…show more content…
We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery. Where’s your father?” This was not only a slap in Ophelia’s face, but it causes confusion to their current relationship status. I believe this was not only an act Hamlet put on because people were spying, but I think this was the start of when his madness started to become true. Do not get me wrong I do think Hamlet did play with Ophelia’s heart and emotions even though he did warn her and tell her to get away from him. A few lines ahead in Scene II Hamlet asks if he can lie his head in Ophelia’s lap during the play that is being put on which is not only inappropriate but very sexual. He stated “Lady, shall I lie in your lap?” Ophelia had no choice but to act oblivious and it also confuses her because in the scene before he stated that he did not love her and that she needed to get to a nunnery. The overall evidence for their problematic and complex relationship Ophelia and Hamlet share is in the text above. Her brother and father warn her to not be with Hamlet and in a way threatened that if she gave herself away to him before marriage she would not be desired anymore. Her father stated “Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Lends the tongue vows. These blazes, daughter, Giving more light than heat, extinct in both Even in their promise, as it is a-making, You must not take for fire. From this time Be somewhat scanter of your maiden
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