Intermingled within her thoughts that seem to mean nothing, she expresses her grief as well as dropping subtle hints that Hamlet is the reason why she has gone insane. Ophelia has a difficult time dealing with her father's death, and ultimately ends up going mad because she can't cope with it. Unlike Laertes, Hamlet, and Fortinbras who have the option to revenge their fathers' death, Ophelia, cannot take revenge on Hamlet, because in the time period the play was written, it was improper for women to do so. Ophelia was completely devastated over her father's death, "He is dead, Gone to thy deathbed, He will never come again." When she is introduced as being mad in the play in Act IV, scene 5, she makes many references to her father's death through a song she sings.
Much to the surprise of his mother, Hamlet began to berate her for her actions involving Claudius following King Hamlet’s death. He explains his chagrin towards her current demeanor, blasting away her attempts to calm him by saying that she “questions with a wicked tongue” (III, iv, 13). Given the fact that Gertrude completely glazed over her former husband’s death so quickly, going straight to Claudius, Hamlet is not barring his words. He remains stern and immovable, until the very second Polonius is alerted by the queen’s cry for help. “How now, a rat?
Ophelia was once flawless, but since her encounter with Hamlet she has fallen into the same madness and wants to kill herself. Ophelia opens up her feelings towards Hamlet, even though her father and brother both warn her not to. Hamlet’s madness causes him to push Ophelia to the point of a mental break down. He drags her into the same hell he is
It becomes clear that Hamlet did truly love Ophelia, yet hid it because he was a coward. The “ White Lie” is not only depicted through Hamlet denying his love but also putting a front up for the selfish betterment of his life style. After his outrageous lecture on self worth that Hamlet gives Ophelia, she grows incredibly mad, which ultimately leads to her death. Although the intentions of his lecture were clearly to hurt Ophelia and gain power over her, once he realizes she is dead he feels the need to express his actual love for her. His change of attitude grows confusing as he professes his dear love after her awful death, “ I loved Ophelia.
Tybalt (who is Juliet’s cousin), was killed and her parents believe that is the reason for her heartache and committing suicide. As soon as the nurse discovers that Tybalt is dead her reaction to Juliet is quite troubling and she does not exactly know how to tell her so the end result is her saying, “Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished; Romeo that kill’d him, he is banished.” (3.2.69-70). Juliet’s reaction is angry and she is very upset, she
“Sirrah, your father's dead; And what will you do now? How will you live?”. I just finished reading MacBeth by Shakespeare, it was rather hard to understand because of all of the vocabulary. But I know for a fact that Lady MacBeth would be just the worst type of mother, she said she would kill them! I don’t even like saying kill because of where my husband is, I miss him so much I blame this stupid war.
Despite the general opinion that “Hamlet” contains the weakest women in Shakespeare’s works, the unraveling of the main plot can only be attributed to them. The first case in which we see woman as the catalyst of the play is with Gertrude being one of the main motivations for Claudius murdering his brother. Once Hamlet died, Claudius and Gertrude quickly exchanged wedding vows, maintaining the stability of Denmark during the unexpected death of King Hamlet. Hamlet continuously alludes that he knows what Claudius has done, and seeks to make him feel remorseful for his actions. He achieves this goal through a reenactment of Hamlet’s death, and the exchange of everlasting love between ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Gertrude’, played by the actors at Elsinore.
Hamlet stares as his mother behaves melodramatically. He looks from her to Claudius and definitely picks up on something unsaid. Also, when Laertes returns from school, his anger towards Hamlet for killing his father is very apparent. His disdain with Hamlet is shown exceptionally in the film with the great action-scene fight between Hamlet and Laertes at the end. Finally, as Hamlet saw Claudius in prayer he was discontent with just killing Claudius.
thieves!" (Othello I, i, 79-81). Hamlet is referring to woman in general, but the comment is aimed directly at his own mother, Gertrude. Hamlet, who is still mourning over the loss of his father, is bitter towards his mother. Hamlet is
By saying these words to her he is crassly calling her a harlot, and making to appear that he never really loved her. Ophelia made one decision and that was to love Hamlet, and now he is using her actions to make her feel inferior and sinful. Up to this point in the play, Shakespeare depicted Hamlet as a mad man hell-bent on avenging his fathers suspect death, however: his cruel outburst at Ophelia is not a turning point in the story in which he goes from being a hero to being a cold-hearted oppressor. Hamlet tells Ophelia that she will have to ‘marry a fool’ because ‘wise men’ would know better than to marry her; he yells at her ‘get thee to a nunnery’, and yet the way it fits into the plot makes it seem almost expected. As the plot progresses Ophelia begins to lose her mind, resulting in her eventually suicide, but at no point his Hamlet called out for his harsh words against her in a significant way.