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Instead of jumping to a conclusion, and acting in an immature way ;thus  he reasonably thinks about his current problems silently in his head. However, there are many steps that Hamlet goes through in his life after the uncertain death of his father, the king.         One of the most intriguing questions that has been raised during Hamlet is “Did Hamlet really love Ophelia?” As the plot advances, Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship becomes much more difficult to understand. Polonius and Laertes also become more involved in Hamlet’s quest for revenge against Claudius, which in turn, only serves to complicate Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship even further. There are many different scenes that can be analyzed to answer the central question of Hamlet’s love, but I think the scenes that best show Hamlet’s feelings are Act 3 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 1. While some might think that these scenes show contrasting sides of Hamlet’s feelings, I think they both show that Hamlet truly loves Ophelia.   I haven’t been able to really tell that Hamlet and Ophelia might have shared something special because there’s no evidence that would infer that.

In fact, there really only seems to be evidence contradicting the assumption they’re truly in love when Hamlet tries to drive her away and sentence her in a nunnery. He did that because he could sense she was setting him up, so at that scene there are examples from both of them that would suggest that not only do they not love each other but that they are actually against each other. The only time I thought their love might’ve been real is when Hamlet returns to find Ophelia in her grave.

I suppose you don’t know what you got until it’s gone, and in Hamlet’s case this is proven to be especially true. It isn’t until after Ophelia’s death that Hamlet becomes sympathetic with her character and it is only then that he pronounces his love. I guess it could be argued that once Hamlet sees her dead he realizes he loved her but I just never got the vibe that what they had was real. They were consistently uncomfortable around one another and at times deceitful and treacherous to the other. I think that Ophelia and Hamlet’s love life becomes a more prominent sub plot as the plays goes on but early on the focus of the book is not on their love life. I think Shakespeare low key added this element to the play to enhance the effect of the tragic ending.

The audience will endure more pain if they witness a loss of life between lovers so I believe that is the only reason Ophelia is relevant. After all, we could understand Hamlet feeling  because his angry and depress with all the frustration that he is having with the people around him. However he had only Horatio for best friend that he can share secrets and ideas for his revenge against Claudius.


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