Hamlets Love For Ophelia Although the play Hamlet was written almost 450 years earlier by William Shakespeare, scholars still posture the concern, “Did Hamlet really like Ophelia?” I believe Hamlet had feelings for Ophelia, but he never showed true love for her. Several times in the play Hamlet rejects his love for Ophelia. If he truly liked her, he would not wish to injure her.
When Hamlet accidently eliminated Polonius, he did not attempt to console Ophelia. If he genuinely enjoyed her, he would have been at her side to provide comfort in her time of grief.
Even at Ophelia’s funeral service, he did not profess his love for Ophelia. If he really enjoyed her, he would have declared his love for her to those present at the funeral. Hamlet’s actions show that he didn’t have real love for Ophelia. The first time Hamlet rejects his love for Ophelia is in Act III Scene I. Hamlet states “I did like you as soon as” after Ophelia has broken up with him. Ophelia replies “Indeed my lord you made me believe so.” Hamlet then pronounces, “You need to not have believed me.” This demonstrates that Hamlet actually did not enjoy Ophelia.
He continues to reveal his lack of sensations for her, “I provide you this plague of dowry; be thou chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shall not get away calumny.” He tells her to disappear or he will ruin her good name. Although he may simply be spewing words of bitterness due to the fact that Ophelia has actually ended their relationship, if he actually cared for her he would not wish to slander her reputation. His lack issue for her virtuous character supports the argument that he does not genuinely love Ophelia.
In Act III Scene IV Hamlet accidently slays Polonius. After doing so he feels no remorse and reveals, “Thou sorrowful, rash, intruding fool, farewell. I took thee for thy much better.” He thinks Polonius got what he deserved. His absence of regret for killing Ophelia’s daddy program he is not worried about her sensations. Rather than feeling distressed by this regrettable event, Hamlet takes pleasure in the fact that he has eliminated an eavesdropper who needs to not have actually remained in the room listening to a personal conversation.
Not just is he delighted with the fact he has killed Polonius, however he likewise hides the body so there can be no correct burial for Polonius. If he really enjoyed Ophelia, he would wish to express sadness for her loss and support her through her grief. The death of Ophelia’s father triggers her to freak and she never recovers from the loss. Eventually, she drowns in the brook, potentially committing suicide. Hamlet never ever goes to Ophelia to comfort her even though her actions indicate she is loosing her peace of mind.
He leaves for England, at the advising of Claudius, rather than stay in Denmark where he might have kept an eye on the health of Ophelia. If Hamlet really liked Ophelia, he would have been there for her in her time of requirement. In the last act Hamlet is at the graveyard when he learns of Ophelia’s death. He is talking with a gravedigger when Claudius gets in with Gertrude, Laertes, a priest, mourners and a casket. Hamlet hears Laertes voice and understands he is speaking of Ophelia and it is her funeral service. Hamlet goes into the scene and jumps into Ophelia’s grave.
Laertes announces’ “The devil take thy soul,” and he grapples with Hamlet. It is at this point Hamlet declares his love for Ophelia. “I enjoyed Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers might not with all their amount of love comprise my amount. What wilt thou provide for her?” Hamlet only expresses his love for Ophelia after fighting with Laertes. He is attempting to out do Laertes with his show of emotion. Even his mother is not persuaded of his true love. She states, “This is simple insanity.” Simply put she is stating this too will pass.
Hamlet will overcome Ophelia’s death. If he truly loved Ophelia, he would have grieved longer over her death. His screen of feeling at the graveyard was just in reaction to the sorrow of Laertes and not a real love for Ophelia. If Hamlet had actually really liked Ophelia, his actions would have demonstrated his true sensations. Instead he only proclaimed his love for Ophelia when it was hassle-free for him. He utilized her for his gains and did not truly reveal compassion for her. Even in her death he did not reveal real love for her.