The Destruction Of Ophelia In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Hamlet completely lost trust in all women after the actions of Gertrude. She completely disregarded King Hamlet quickly after his passing and marrying her husband brother in such a short amount of time and has resulted in the loss of all of Hamlet’s respect. He generalizes all women to take the same actions as Gertrude has “Frailty, thy name is woman!” (1.2.146). During act (3.1.110-120) I believe he was saying such hurtful things to Ophelia because he believed all women were as adulterous as Gertrude is and he was convinced Ophelia was seeing someone else. He tells her to “Get thee to a nunnery” (3.1.38) and even threatens to curse her wedding because he is so deep in hurt by his mothers actions that he believes Ophelia will cheat and go against her just as his mother did to her father.…show more content…
The greatest evidence of this is when when Hamlet finds out of her death, he tells Laeretes that “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?” (5.1.247-249) and even givers her a letter that completely states his love for her (2.2) He calls her beautiful Ophelia right before he goes and speaks to her in (3.1.110-120) and many other scenes, but is traumatized by his mothers adultery actions that he decides to tell her that he doesn’t want to marry her. When the play finished in (3.2.141) Hamlet related the shortness of the The Murder of Gonzago to the length of a women's love directly to Ophelia as if Ophelia stopped loving him already, even though she goes insane for

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