Hamlet: Love Lasts a Lifetime

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Hamlet: Love Lasts a Lifetime Hamlet’s peers thought that the cause of his sudden insanity was his love for Ophelia; many readers question his love for her. Ophelia she was a beauty that many people thought was unworthy of a prince; she was a courtier’s daughter. What many of them did not realize was that the main reason for Hamlet’s madness was caused by his hatred for Claudius and his mother, Gertrude. Hamlets need to avenge his father’s unjust murder lead to the termination of his relationship with Ophelia. People may argue that Hamlet only acted like he loved Ophelia, but I feel that he truly did have feelings for her and his vengeance got in the way of their love. Although Hamlet was cruel to Ophelia at times Hamlet truly did love her, yet he hid his feelings from her very well because he was afraid of being betrayed by the women he loved. Unfortunately for them, this led to Ophelia’s suicide. By the time that Hamlet could act on his love, it was already too late. I do not feel that Hamlet ever stopped loving Ophelia, but Hamlet caused a break in their relationship that could never be fixed. Hamlet expresses his love for Ophelia in the letter he sends her. Hamlet stated “never doubt I love” (2.2.127). He tells her that among everything else around her that may not be true, his love for her is real. This is the one time before Ophelia’s death that Hamlet reveals his true feelings. This could be due to the fact that, once Ophelia received the letter, she gave it to her father. Hamlet did not trust Polonius, and from that moment on, Hamlet knew he had to hide his love for Ophelia and act mad to protect her. Throughout the play, Hamlet continuously ridicules Ophelia. However, his attitude towards her can be somewhat vindicated. Hamlet currently sees his mother as shameful. This heavily influences his perspective on Ophelia. Ophelia's betrayal also forces
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