Does Hamlet Love Ophelia?

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Does Hamlet Love Ophelia? In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, many questions come up to whether or not Hamlet is truly in love with Ophelia. Although, there is a lot of evidence arguing that Hamlet did not truly love Ophelia, there is more evidence to go against that argument. The way they act around each other shows that Hamlet’s feelings for her are true. In the play, Hamlet really shows that he loves Ophelia. An example of Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is the letters he sends to her. One line Hamlet writes for her is: Never doubt I love (2.2.127) He says that even though everything else around her might be true, his love for her is real. This is the one time before Ophelia’s death where he reveals his true feelings to her. This could be because of the fact that once Ophelia had received the letter, she gave it to her father. Hamlet did not trust Polonius, and from that moment on, Hamlet knew that he had to hide his love for Ophelia and act mad to protect her. One piece of evidence that also shows Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is when he confesses his love for her when he tells her: I did love you. (3.1.125) Hamlet says he loves her, but then goes on to say that he never loved her. This could be because he knows that he and Ophelia are being watched. Another piece of evidence showing Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is when Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery. Even though it seems that Hamlet could be mocking her, it is possible that Ophelia could have been pregnant with Hamlet’s child. This is because after he tells her: Get thee to a nunnery. (3.1.1314) If this was the case and Ophelia is really pregnant, then Hamlet would have only have been looking out for her. At many different points of the story, it seems that Hamlet is not in love with Ophelia, it could have been because he is constantly being watched and is smart by throwing them off. The
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