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The Innocence of Gertrude and Ophelia Pretty Ophelia as Claudius calls her is the most innocent victim of Hamlets revenge in Shakespeares play Hamlet Hamlet has fallen in love with Ophelia after the death of his father Ophelia sucked the honey of his music vows and returned Hamlets affection But when her father had challenged Hamlets true intentions Ophelia could only say I do not know my lord what I should think Ophelia was used to relying on her fathers directions and she was also brought up to be obedient This allowed her to only accept her fathers views that Hamlets attention towards her was only to take advantage of her and to obey her fathers orders not to permit Hamlet to see her again Hamlet has the disillusion that women are frail after his mothers rushed remarriage as shown by Frailty thy name is woman He also believes women do not have the power to reason O God a beast that wants discourse of reason Ophelia has the power to change his view but her unexplained rejection of him only adds to Hamlets disillusion The ghosts revelation that Gertrude dishonored Hamlets father but also their marriage by the adultery with Claudius is contemplated by Hamlet until he goes into Ophelias room to look upon her As Hamlet searches Ophelias face for some sign that might restore his faith in her he instead believes her face shows guilt and thinks she is another false Gertrude There is much similarity between Gertrude and Ophelia in the play Both are attractive and simple minded and are easily shaped by opinion desires and ideas of others Ophelia and Gertrude seem to be the same women at different stages in their lives This may be one of the reasons why Hamlet was first attracted to Ophelia and now the reason why Hamlet rejects Ophelia
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