How Has Ophelia Been Affected by Hamlets Behaviour?

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This act illustrates the theme of uncertainty which is presented through dramatic irony as we know that Hamlet is "I essentially not in madness, But mad in craft." In Act 1 scene 3, Ophelia is caught in an ultimate struggle in which she cannot win as Ophelia is trapped in this tradition of patriarchy with no personal choice. At first she remained uncertain for the reason of Hamlet's madness but once Polonius concludes that the blame is the very presence of Ophelia, pain and guilt are inflicted upon her as she suddenly feels responsible for Hamlet's downfall. However these feelings evolve as his seeming insanity and rudeness strangles and fades any love Ophelia had for him. We are then shown that Hamlet's insanity frightens Ophelia away. In Act II, scene 1, Ophelia reports to her father about the recent encounter she has had with Hamlet. She says he looked as though he had been "loosed out of hell to speak of horrors" and that she "truly did fear it”. We are later shown demonstrations of her feelings In Act III, scene 1 as she returns remembrances of his, for "their perfume [has been] lost". This could mean that the importance of his letters to her have perished and that she longer has any desire to hold onto them. Though Ophelia has been ordered by her father to refrain from interactions with Hamlet, he does not tell her to give back these once cherished items or to explain to Hamlet how they were once important to her. This shows that she does not want his love anymore and is letting him know how she feels. She calls herself "most deject and wretched" which implies that she feels unhappy about the loss of his love. Both Gertrude and Ophelia become the cause of Hamlet's distrust of women and of his inability to allow himself to love either of them. This leads on to Hamlet telling Ophelia that human beings in general are vile and that marriage is
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