The Power Of Ophelia In Shakespeare's Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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Throughout the play that is William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, makes numerous advances on the blissfully graceful Ophelia, the daughter of the Lord Chamberlain in King Claudius’ court, Polonius. However, for as often as Hamlet expresses his truest and deepest desires to be with Ophelia and live life full of wonder and happiness with her, he treats her like muck on the ground, insulting her deeply and occasionally throwing her around physically. In regards to the question as to whether or not Prince Hamlet did truly hold a fluttering fancy for the sweet Ophelia, the most honestly reasonable answer is that no, he in fact did not. This is reflected the best through the scene in which Hamlet told Ophelia that he did once love her,; through the time in which he insults Ophelia directly to her face,; and through Hamlet’s reaction to the affection displayed by her brother, Laertes, at her grave. In Act III, Scene I of Hamlet, Prince Hamlet strikes up conversation with the young Ophelia, and mentions his love for her is no more:. “Ay, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once” (Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, lines 121-5). At this moment, Hamlet does admit that, at some well-to-do time in the past, he had loved Ophelia, but now proclaims that his prior love for her is broken and no more. By saying directly to her face that he really is no longer interested in her, he provides a solid argument for the belief that they are no longer a couple, nor does he hold interest in her, as he broke up with her. Also in Act III, Scene I of Hamlet, Hamlet delivers grave insult and mockery unto Ophelia:. “Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me” (Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, lines 131-4). Within the quotation, Hamlet is making fun of Ophelia for her misconstrued beliefs, and almost seems to be likening her behavior and emotions to the actions and mood swings usually experienced by
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