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Being emotionally distraught has led many down a road of questioning self-worth resulting in a dead end with only suicide to turn to In the play Hamlet William Shakespeare disparagingly pulls Ophelia through a barrage of confusion and pain diminishing her confidence and mental stability ultimately leading to her demise A vulgar attack from Hamlet leaves Ophelia in doubt worrying for him while his destructive words dismantle her ego While attempting to find out if Hamlet is crazy Ophelia finds she gets more than she asked for when he tells her You should not have believed me for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it I loved you not IIIi146 For the first time she is subject to mistrust but doesnt understand this and instead is astonished at what was just said Probably never a victim of abuse she doesnt know how to deal with this maltreatment Ophelia falls into a self-destructive path when she says And I of ladies most deject and wretched that sucked the honey of his music vows IIIi148 Ophelia deals with her new pain by blaming herself for Hamlets actions further instigating her problem of an oncoming mental breakdown She takes Hamlets apparent condition as her responsibility along with the emotions that are attached Ophelia is not only troubled by Hamlet but equally by herself Ophelias dependence of men in her life leaves her mind and soul stripped as her father and Hamlet are abruptly taken from her With odd imagery she sings in front of the king and queen Young men will dot if they come tot - by cock they are to blame Quoth she Before you tumbled me you promised me to wed IIIi228 Obviously distressed over the absence of Hamlet she sings disorderly and incoherently with others unable to make sense of her babbling With her love gone she has no one to confide in and is left to
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