He holds her by the wrist for a few minutes while he studies her face. And I, of ladies most deject and wretched, That suck'd the honey of his music vows, Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh; As noted earlier, Ophelia likes poetry. She is a constant subject of manipulation and brain washing from both her father and brother. New York: Columbia University Press. I suppose it already was in Shakespeare's time, but was mostly unseen, undetected because it did not correspond to the behavioural patterns of the time. Does Hamlet Really Love Ophelia? So, if at one point he believed in his love for Ophelia, he doesn't believe in marriage anymore nor in Ophelia anymore, and most of all he doesn't believe in himself sufficiently to fight his doubts and gloomy forebodings. As an example, feminist perspectives have brought into focus the few women characterized in the play, Ophelia and Gertrude, and analyzed the many sociocultural and historical forces that surround these characters and their roles in Hamlet.
It is, therefore, unlikely to be Hamlet's love that has caught her attention but something else that takes her fancy, namely, poetry! The other calamities mentioned by Hamlet, 'the oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, the law's delay, the insolence of office, and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes,' are not at all specially his own. They needed approval from their parents before being given to a man and redeeming his family name. In my opinion, if hamlet really loved Ophelia, he would have respected her wishes that the two of them would separate since the greatest act of giving to her would have been leaving her alone. However, there is more powerful evidence pointing to the fact that Hamlet is truly mad. She is really not pregnant, but with those comments it came across in my head. Because she is so obedient to her father, Hamlet manipulates her and uses her in order to maintain an image of madness.
Appealing to his own experience, he assures her that love is prodigal of vows, which scarce survive their making. Even though Hamlet said everything he said at the graveyard, his words don't matter. They suggest, first, that Hamlet's love, though never lost, was, after Ophelia's apparent rejection of him, mingled with suspicion and resentment, and that his treatment of her was due in part to this cause. The majority of people would say that Hamlet did not really love Ophelia. How humiliating for them both.
Hamlet is smart, and knows that they are watching him and planning something, so he makes it seem like he never loved Ophelia. This is in keeping with Hamlet's difficulty to make up his mind. The reader is left with many uncertainties about the true feelings of prince Hamlet. And so it seems at least possible that the explanation of Hamlet's silence may be that Shakespeare, having already a very difficult task to perform in the soliloquies -- that of showing the state of mind which caused Hamlet to delay his vengeance -- did not choose to make his task more difficult by introducing matter which would not only add to the complexity of the subject but might, from its 'sentimental' interest, distract attention from the main point; while, from his theatrical experience, he knew that the audience would not observe how unnatural it was that a man deeply in love, and forced not only to renounce but to wound the woman he loved, should not think of her when he was alone. I wonder which had more an effect? According to this view, Hamlet's love for Ophelia never changed. Hamlet feels that he has nothing to live for now that Ophelia is gone.
Why does he treat her so cruelly? The others are upset, too, though to a lesser degree. Restricted by the dominating societal mores, Ophelia has engaged in a willful act that would ruin her family should it come to light. And it is so difficult for him to find the strength to act that the first time he acts, it is on an impulse and it is a total fiasco as he kills the poor Polonius instead of his uncle. New York City: Mc Graw-Hill, 2012. After skipping some, Polonius continues reading the note, and in it Hamlet essentially tells Ophelia that she may doubt many constant and true things but to never doubt his love for her. Am I nothing to her? My mother is beautiful and she is not honest.
Polonius instructs Ophelia to stand in the lobby of the castle while he and Claudius hide. She loves the poem, not the poet. The reader is left with many uncertainties about the true feelings of prince Hamlet. So he knows that if he does something, if he acts, if he kills the King, he will take serious risks and may die in the attempt. What Hamlet is really doing is trying to throw off the other characters and make it seem like he does not love Ophelia, even though he really does. For she herself says that he had importuned her with love in honourable fashion, and had given countenance to his speech with almost all the holy vows of heaven I. Ophelia was not in a position to make a lot of choices despite her feelings.
Firstly: Ophelia: My lord, I have remembrances of yours That I have longed long to re-deliver. Marc Antony and Cleopatra had their complicated relationship. He knows Old Polonius is standing nearby, but she cannot reveal his whereabouts. On the revelation made by the Ghost, however, he felt that he must put aside all thoughts of it; and it also seemed to him necessary to convince Ophelia, as well as others, that he was insane, and so to destroy her hopes of any happy issue to their love. When the lover is feeling that he must make a complete break with his past, why does it not occur to him at once that he must give up his hopes of happiness in love? Did Hamlet know he had to hide his love to protect her? But it was not an absorbing passion; it did not habitually occupy his thoughts; and when he declared that it was such a love as forty thousand brothers could not equal, he spoke sincerely indeed but not truly. They say a made a good end. If he chooses not to act, he will lose his self-esteem.
This raises a serious doubt that Ophelia loved Hamlet. The stage in England had an established set of for the representation of female madness: dishevelled hair worn down, dressed in white, bedecked with wild flowers, Ophelia's state of mind would have been immediately 'readable' to her first audiences. Had she the license to think for herself, Ophelia might have reasoned through her dilemma, but, caught as she is between her father's and brother's restrictive instructions and Hamlet's crushing demands, trapped as she is in a choice-less existence, Ophelia has no alternative but to throw herself into the river to drown. As Shakespeare develops his characters, Hamlet seems to become crazier as the play progresses. He tells her to get her to a nunnery, a statement that implies that she is no better than a whore.
Hamlet also had a lot of stuff on his mind. He left her alone with a scheming grovelling fool who used her for his own aggrandizement. Another reason why he rejects her is that marriage itself has become abhorrent to him. Another than Hamlet could have thought. Having said that, I think she loved him. Would it make a difference if they'd actually had sex? Hamlet's destiny As to his destiny, it is to accomplish the work of the great reaper in the end.