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The character Ophelia in William Shakespeares play Hamlet plays a very interesting and important role in the elaboration of the plot In the beginning she starts off in a healthy state of mind in love with her boyfriend Hamlet yet controlled by her father in regard to their relationship During the play she encounters several troubling experiences involving Hamlet which cause her to become distressed Near the end the death of her father leaves Ophelia mentally unstable and in a state of madness that eventually leads her to death So due to all of the unfortunate events that took place with the people she loved the most in her life Ophelia gradually becomes mad and in the end passes away Ophelias and Hamlets love for each other in the beginning was very real Following the death of his father Hamlet falls in love with her and is much attracted by her beauty It is not uncertain however that Ophelia is very much controlled by her father She is the daughter of Polonius the chief advisor to the new King Claudius and a highly respected man Her father demands that she tell Hamlet at once that she can no longer be with him and tells her I would not in plain terms from this time forth have you so slander any moment leisure as to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet Look tot I charge you Come your ways Iiii132-35 It is clear that here Polonius is making decisions for his daughter regardless if she really loves Hamlet or not She feels very unimportant and helpless now and because of this develops a lack of emotional confidence and strength All she can reply is I do not my lord what I should think Iiii104 She is used to relying on her fathers direction and has been brought up to be very obedient As well her brother Laertes agrees with what their father
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