Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.

Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.

Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.

Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.

Concerning Hamlet’s love for Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, any consideration of Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is pretty much speculation until Act 5.1 is looked at. Until Act 5:1, we have the fact that Ophelia thinks Hamlet loves her and that Hamlet gave her a few gifts.  Ophelia doesn’t understand how much of a windbag her father is, so her judgment is questionable.  She also goes along with spying on Hamlet, not out of spite or any questionable motive, but just because.  She is naive and innocent. We learn nothing about Hamlet’s feelings for Ophelia from Hamlet, because he is playing a role, acting, every time he interacts with her.  Hamlet is cruel to everyone who tries to spy on him, and Ophelia tries to spy on him.  She allows herself to be used by Polonius and Claudius, so he uses her, too.  That’s the cost of betraying Hamlet.Only when Hamlet has dropped the act of madness can we take what he says concerning Ophelia as accurate.  In Act 5.1, after realizing the grave that was being dug is for Ophelia, he says:I loved Ophelia.  Forty thousand brothersCould not with all their quantity of loveMake up my sum.  What wilt thou do for her?Hamlet declares the kind of love he has for Ophelia:  romantic love, not the love that a brother has for a sister.  His love is far greater than the love Laertes feels for Ophelia.Hamlet loves Ophelia with a romantic love, but we don’t know this until after Ophelia dies.
Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.
Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.
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Does Hamlet love Ophelia? Argue for or against.
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