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A grieving widow is desolate An African American slave is tortured A concubine is mistreated These three victims of circumstances that they could not control are pitied So are there any foundations based on whether one should pity another The Oxford Dictionary defines pity as the sorrow for anothers suffering or misfortune In Shakespeares Hamlet Ophelia rouses the pity of the audience because she is controlled manipulated abandoned driven to insanity which eventually leads to her atrocious deathOphelia was completely controlled flagrantly used and verbally abused by the dominant men in her life Polonius Laertes and Hamlet Laertes was blatantly unsympathetic towards her relationship with Hamlet He gravely advised her to protect herself and to not take Hamlets display of affections as a promise of marriage Polonius took a more forceful approach He forbid Ophelia to see Hamlet again and also told her that she was foolish for thinking that Hamlet was sincerely in love with her you speak like a green girl Hamlet 13 101 Hamlet treated Ophelia like a possesion and made several inappropriate sexual remarks towards her Lady shall I lie in your lap Hamlet 32 114 He also verbally abused Ophelia with phrases that attacked her pride and dignity Get thee to a nunnery why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners Hamlet 31 121-122 He also accused her of living a faade I have heard of your paintings tooand make your wantonness your ignorance Hamlet 31 144-148 During the Medieval times the hierarchy was man over woman Therefore the three men spoke down to her She was the pawn in every relationshipShe lacked independence and the self-confidence to think for herself I do not know my lord what I should think Hamlet 13 104 In this segment she reponded to Polonius as an innocent maiden lost in utter confusion I think nothing my lord Hamlet 32 119 She was raised to do what she was told and to let others
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