11 Jan 2015
Hamlet’s Hidden Love
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is quite a bit of controversy as to whether Hamlet truly loved Ophelia or not. Although there is much evidence arguing that Hamlet never loved her and that he was just using her, there is even more evidence refuting that argument. By the way he acts when he is alone with Ophelia, he shows that his feelings for her are genuinely true. Hamlet shows throughout the play that he is really in love with Ophelia.
The first piece of evidence that shows Hamlet really did love Ophelia is when he tells her, “I ...view middle of the document...
” This implies that Hamlet knows Polonius is watching him.
Another point in the story that validates Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is when Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery. At first, it seems as though Hamlet is mocking her, but it is possible that Ophelia is pregnant with Hamlet’s child because immediately after he tells her, “Get thee to a nunnery”, Hamlet starts talking about breeding and how it would be bad to bring a child into such an evil world. Although at many points in the story it seems as though Hamlet does not love Ophelia, it could be the fact that he is trying to put up a front and throw everyone else off. Hamlet is a smart man and he knows that they are watching him and planning something, so he makes it seem like he never loved Ophelia.
Throughout the entire play, Hamlet’s love for Ophelia seems indecisive. What Hamlet is really doing is trying to throw off the other characters and make it seem like he does not love Ophelia, even though he really does. Hamlet did not want Ophelia to become involved in case Claudius decided to get revenge on Hamlet. Hamlet shows his love for Ophelia when he confesses to her that he loves her and when he tells her to go to a nunnery to protect her. Although many could argue that Hamlet never loved Ophelia, he was just trying to throw everyone else off. There is a great deal of evidence proving that his love was unquestionable.