This is the main question surrounding Hamlet in the play, is he feigning his madness, or is it real? The second portion of Gertrude 's description explains that Ophelia did not realize the danger she was in when she fell out of the tree. She has the ability to captivate, fend off, or manipulate all important male characters for her own interests. She is the damsel in distress; a woman so wrought with the pain inflicted on her by her loved ones, that she is unable to take it through the end and loses her sanity. So right from the very start, Ophelia is under the sway of Laertes and Polonius. But upon closer inspection, the audience can see that she is not merely an obedient, but completely dependent and weak character.
Passion, something she truly longs from Hamlet. Write about this theme in relation to Ophelia. One similarity that Hamlet and Ophelia share are that they both are children of controlling parents. Her madness is, as I see it, a purely pathetic element in the play. Hamlet likes to act in violent ways at times, and this is definitely evident as the play unfolds. After learning that he was subject to Ophelia's false love, Hamlet becomes very rude in attitude towards her as he feels he has been chested. She is obedient to the commands of the men in her life although she often attempts to do the right thing.
But her Renaissance sense of romantic love also rules her. Ophelia is a loyal character, which the opposite of Queen Gertrude because Gertrude betrayed her husband, King Hamlet, by poisoning him and marrying his brother, now King Claudius. What do you think Shakespeare would make of this use of his character, and why? Shakespeare has characterized her as a round character that develops herself as the play moves toward its end. Shakespeare undermines her role and the role of women in society. When a person is happy he tends to perform well and better, but if the person is sad there might be some mistakes be done on his job.
The character of Ophelia is necessary so that the audience will give Hamlet a chance to get over his madness and follow his heart. Hamlet confesses that he truly loved her, but then goes back on his word and says he never loved. Therefore unwillingly and unknowingly Ophelia gave into this identity. In some part of our life, there would be time that we only realize the worth of someone or something truly means to us is when they are gone or out of life. This filial obedience makes Ophelia vulnerable to the abuse inflicted on her by Hamlet. Her reaction compared to Hamlet is still reasonable but she is become worried and more involved with Hamlet which will lead her to her demise.
When Polonius forbids her from seeing Hamlet ever again, she does not rebel but obeys him. Hamlet did not trust Polonius, and from that moment on, Hamlet knew he had to hide his love for Ophelia and act insane to protect her. Throughout the play Hamlet treats Gertrude and Ophelia differently due to their past, and for his own gain. Polonius has stated that he has ordered Ophelia to not see or speak to Hamlet. He looks and acts upon selfish purposes he think not of her. However, had she been removed to a nunnery, Ophelia might have finally found herself free.
This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. In the days of her insanity, she takes to singing brazen songs in which she described the tale of a woman who was tricked into losing her virginity by a monster. From the start, Ophelia must define herself by male judgments that may be entirely miscalculated. I did love you once. This comes as a tragic end to a woman who did everything out of purity of heart and selfless love for those she loved dearly. For Ophelia, she was just playing the part of being a daughter, when she decided to seduce Hamlet, she did it out of sheer love for her father and brother, and when she shunned Hamlet away, and she did it because her father told her so. She is taken as an erotic creature even at the time of her death.
Shakespeare has done an absolutely fantastic job with capturing true human characteristics… 808 Words 3 Pages Ophelia is completely virtuous and dependent on the men in her life, which is something I can identify with. The previously known explanation was that the king had died of a snake bite, but his ghost explains that he was poisoned so that. Similarities are an important part of being a foil. In the disastrous state of Denmark, Hamlet has had his father pass away, his mother marry his uncle while he takes over the kingship, his love of his life no longer permitted to see him and instructed for revenge by the ghost of his deceased father. Her whole character depicts simplicity and sheer loyalty towards those who care for her. He insists on deceiving those around him, despite a well-intentioned desire to uncover the truth.
For some situations, the religious beliefs of the persons involved affect the situations outcome in a negative way. The characters of Horatio and Ophelia have two very different functions in the play. Ophelia's mother is dead and, unlike so many Shakespearean heroines, Ophelia has no female alliances that might save her from the blindness of her male wardens. Ironically, Ophelia when is mad seems more rational and naked of social codes, probably as a way of saying that ignorance is truly the road to happiness. The dilemma also forces her into madness.