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The classic tragedy Hamlet is a story of a prince and the dysfunction experienced after the death of his father After discovering his father was murdered by his uncle Claudius Hamlets life along with the lives of those around him began to spiral into a tangled web Never is this more apparent than in the case of Ophelia However subtle Ophelia plays a significant role riddled with control grief and vulnerability Ophelia can be compared to that of a delicate wilted flower She is fragile and apparently ruled by the men in her life It is as though she has no true identity for Polonius and Laertes dictated her actions Her brother discourages her from maintaining her relationship with Hamlet by telling her Fear it Ophelia fear it my dear sister and keep you in the rear of your affection out of the shot and danger of desire Her father concurs with Laertes opinions of Hamlets true intentions and tells her princes could only marry princesses This is a contradiction for throughout the play Gertrude implies that she would like to see Hamlet and Ophelia together If Polonius were correct wouldnt Gertrude have been the first to say her son must look for a more deserving woman At no time during the play does Gertrude express disdain for Ophelia Without further questioning she obediently agrees to abide by her fathers wishes of severing the relationship This is truly sad for it is obvious she has strong feelings for him Rather than stand up for her beliefs she in essence sacrifices herself in order to please her father While her fathers intentions appear to be good he did not allow her to learn the lessons of life on her own He so wanted to protect her that he failed to recognize that pain was all a part of growing up and almost a rite of
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