Does Hamlet Truly love Ophelia?
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, many arguments have been argued as to whether or not Hamlet is really in love with Ophelia. I believe that there is a lot of evidence arguing that Hamlet never loved Ophelia and that he was just using her. By the way he acts around Ophelia when he is alone with her, he shows that his feelings for her are true. Hamlet shows throughout the play that he is really in love with Ophelia. One piece of evidence showing that Hamlet really did love Ophelia is when he tells her, “I did love you” (Act 3 scene 1 line 126). Hamlet confesses that he truly loved her, but then goes back on his word and says he never loved. I think this could be the fact that Hamlet knows people are watching in on his conversations with Ophelia. There is evidence to prove this when Hamlet immediately asks Ophelia after they are done talking, “Where’s your father?” (Act 3 scene 1 line 141). When Ophelia tells him that Polonius is at home, Hamlet replies with: “Let the doors be shut upon him that he may play the fool nowhere but in‘s own house” (Act 3 scene 1 lines 143-144). This implies that Hamlet knows Polonius is watching him and is planning something. Another point in the story that confirms Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is when Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery. At first, it seems as though Hamlet is mocking her, but I think it is possible that Ophelia is pregnant with Hamlet’s child. This seems believable because immediately after he tells her, “Get thee to a nunnery,” Hamlet starts talking about breeding and how it would be bad to bring a child into such an evil world (Act 3 scene 1 line 131). If this was the case, and Ophelia is really pregnant, then Hamlet was only looking out for her and trying to help her. She is really not pregnant, but with those comments it came across in my head. At different parts of the play, it seems as though Hamlet does not love Ophelia, it could be the fact that he is trying to...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document