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Hamlet - Ophelia Character Analysis Ophelia is a beautiful and simple-minded woman easily molded by the more powerful opinions and desires of others The thoughts of her father and her brother influenced her the most The love letters from Hamlet also swayed her opinions and confused her mind Ophelia wasnt able to realize herself because of all the pressures exerted on her to be something shes not That weakness of mind and will which permitted her obedience to her father and thus destroyed her hope for Hamlets love finally resulted in her insanity and death When her father had challenged the honor of Hamlets intentions Ophelia could only reply I do not know my lord what I should think III iii Used to relying upon her fathers direction and brought up to be obedient she can only accept her fathers belief seconded by that of her brother that Hamlets holy vows of love were simply designed for her seduction She was to obey her fathers orders not to permit Hamlet to see her again Her father also wanted to prove Hamlets madness to the king He used Ophelia as bait so he and the king could listen to Hamlets words Ophelia willingly obliged to her fathers desires By not thinking for herself and only doing as her father wished she ruined her chances of love with Hamlet Hamlet put pressure on Ophelia by expecting her to surpass his mothers shortcomings and be an epitome of womankind He searched her innocent face for some sign of loving truth that might restore his faith in her He took her mute terror for a sign of her guilt and found her to be a false person like his mother In his letter to her he addressed the letter to the most beautified Ophelia and he terminated the letter with I love thee best O most best believe it II ii He used the word beautified to
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