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Ophelias Weaknesses In classic works of literature all characters have certain flaws In Shakespeares tragedies the characters all have flaws that eventually lead to their undoing In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare the character of Ophelia is ultimately killed by her flaw It is apparent that Ophelia is an obedient person through her thoughts and actions in the beginning of the play but upon closer inspection the audience sees that she is not merely obedient Ophelias thoughts and actions go beyond obedience to show that Ophelia is a weak and entirely dependent character Ophelias cruel actions towards Hamlet which go against her feelings for him demonstrate her obedience to her father For example in the beginning Ophelia tells her father that she likes Hamlet My lord he hath importuned me with love In honorable fashion13 118-119 By stating this to Polonius she implies that Hamlet is a decent and honorable man and that she does have some feelings for him Ophelias later actions sacrifice these personal feelings under the order of her father proving her complete obedience In particular Ophelia agrees not to see Hamlet anymore after the request from her father I shall obey my lord14 145 Ophelias actions show that Polonius has complete control over his daughter because she sacrifices her personal feelings to please him Ophelias desire to please her father is the direct cause of her obedience Thereafter upon having agreed not to see Hamlet Ophelia allows herself to be used as a puppet in order for the King and Polonius to spy on Hamlet Ophelia walk you here We will bestow ourselves 31 48-49 Ophelia has an inward desire to please others even if it means displeasing herself and her obedience stems from this Ophelias drastic actions must come from something other than obedience something such as her character Ophelias obedience goes deeper than her trying to please to father and shows what a weak character
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