The Consequences Of Hamlet Betrays Ophelia

751 Words4 Pages
Second, both characters betray individuals who are below their class, but regret their actions as it drastically affects their lives, by having to suffer the consequences. Hamlet betrays Ophelia by refusing his love for her and being the cause of her madness with words such as “I loved you not” (III.I.119) and “get thee to a nunnery” (III.I.138-139). On top of this, Hamlet, who Ophelia loved, was also the perpetrator of her father’s death. These events eventually lead for Ophelia to commit suicide, who Hamlet grieves over and feels guilty, regretting what he said of not loving her and killing her father. In The Kite Runner, Amir betrays Hassan, and soon regrets his action as well. He witnesses Hassan’s rape and abuse by Assef and his friends, but chose to blindly run away in fear. Whereas, Hassan would always defend and protect him in any situation. After this, Baba, who is able to read Amir really well, advises him that “when you lie you steal someone’s right to the truth” (Hosseini 18), Amir’s guilt began to take over his mind. His vast amount of guilt made it intolerable for Amir to have Hassan’s presence around him, thus, he even tried to falsely accuse Hassan of theft, as he was poor and their servant. Similarly to Hamlet, Hamlet also betrayed someone who was lower in class to him. Their immediate guilt and regret shows how they don’t actually feel more powerful being richer and “better” than someone else that is below their status. The society in both of these texts, revolve around that the upper class can do whatever actions they want, even if they are wrong, since they have the power and don’t need to feel any remorse for what they did. Some people perceive the upper class to be “snobs” and “selfish”, as a stereotype. Even though Hamlet and Amir’s actions have some selfishness, their remorse and guilt proves that they are not snobs and self-centered. Lastly, Amir and Hamlet hesitate to take drastic actions, regardless of having the ability to take immediate action without any consequences, due to their higher statue privileges. The Ghost, Hamlet’s late-dad, reached out to Hamlet and warned him about “most unnatural murder” by Claudius and instructed him to “revenge [Claudius’s] foul” (I.V.25).

More about The Consequences Of Hamlet Betrays Ophelia

Get Access