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When Hamlet behaves so cruelly toward Ophelia after his To be or not to be soliloquy it shows the audience that he has given up on women and the idea of marriage entirely because of his mothers hasty marriage to his uncle Claudius who killed his father Also because her father had advised her to be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence to Hamlet Ophelia had given him more support in his conclusion that Frailty thy name is woman which he had arrived at because of his mother In Act II Scene 1 Ophelia tells her father of the visit Hamlet had made to her He seemed to be struggling with some mental anguish that was probably his want to confide in her is deepest secret the plan of revenge for his fathers murder However he did not tell her of it because he had sworn to the Ghost that he would not This shows how much he had once cared for and had confided in Ophelia when they were once together but he could no more When Ophelia tries to return remembrances that Hamlet had given her he refused that he had ever given them to him This was the final blow to his opinion of women Just as his mother had so easily forgotten her love for his father and turned to his uncle Ophelia had forgotten about how they had once been so close He tells her that she as all women are is two faced that God has given you one face and you make yourselves another The full extent of what his mothers actions has done to him is expressed when he says there will be no more marriages and his intent to avenge his fathers death is expressed when he says further that those that are married already all but one shall live He tells Ophelia to get thee to a nunnery because he is aware of the fact
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