Does Hamlet Love Ophelia

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Each of us, as human beings, share a mixture of emotions towards the people who we are in love with and that usually causes misconceptions and misapprehensions with those who surround you or even your own partner. This connects a lot with the relations between Ophelia and Hamlet who shares a relationship full of confusion, ambivalence, and apathy. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, various questions and disputes have been raised as to whether or not Hamlet is really in love with Ophelia. Although there are scenes where Hamlet has shown his love for Ophelia is not real, there is so much more evidence that invalidates this argument. In the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Ophelia stumbles across her father, Polonius, frighten and distraught by some …show more content…
Hamlet is now against women because of his mother’s disloyal behavior, so that includes Ophelia too. He loves Ophelia but doesn’t want to marry her because of the damage it causes to men. In a nunnery, women are not allowed to marry at all, so he tells her this in a way to give her a better chance of being purified and faithful. This validates the argument that Hamlet loved Ophelia because if he didn’t love her he wouldn’t attempt to save her. Lastly, after Ophelia dies due to her father’s death, Hamlet again confesses his love for his dearest Ophelia. After discovering her death Hamlet says emotionally and passionately, “I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand …show more content…
C Bradley, an English literary scholar, best remembered for his work on Shakespeare, also goes on to prove my theory of Hamlet’s love for Ophelia. He states in one of his projects with Hamlet called “Shakespearean Tragedy”, that he agrees that Hamlet did love Ophelia. In his project he states, “Hamlet was at one point sincerely and ardently in love with Ophelia.” He also gives evidence from Hamlet that describes how Hamlet “importuned her with love in honorable fashion, and had given countenance to his speech with almost all the holy vows of heaven.” This also goes to prove that Hamlet love for Ophelia is real and from a more scholarly point of

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