The Character of Ophelia Essay

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The Character of Ophelia In Shakespeare’s tragedies, the characters all have flaws that eventually lead to their undoing. In the play Hamlet, the character of Ophelia is ultimately killed by her flaw. It is apparent that Ophelia is an obedient person but, upon closer inspection, the audience can see that she is not merely obedient. Ophelia’s thoughts and actions go beyond obedience to show that she is a weak and entirely dependent character. Nothing that she says or does is a representation of herself but mostly that of her father. Ophelia’s cruel actions towards Hamlet, which go against her feelings for him, demonstrate her obedience to her father. In the beginning of the play, Ophelia tells her father that she…show more content…
Ophelia’s obedience and weakness as a character can be traced to her complete dependence on other people. Her dependence on others is evident in the very beginning: “I do not know, my lord, what I should think. POL: Marry, I will teach you. Think yourself a baby...” (act 1, scene 3). This shows how Ophelia depends on her father to determine what she should think and feel. Ophelia’s complete dependence, or lack of independence, is what leads to her demise. Still, Ophelia’s dependence on others was not entirely her fault. It could have been caused by her father and brother’s protection over her. Polonius and Laertes were always there for Ophelia, whether she needed it or not, causing her to develop a major character flaw. Her flaw was her complete dependence on others, which can also be shown through her obedience and overall weakness as a character. Ophelia’s dependence on others is, sadly, what lead to her death. She could not cope with the events in her life because she was so adapted to being told how to think and act that she went mad. When she was forced to take care of herself, she could not handle it and ended up committing suicide to keep from facing her problems

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