Hamlet'S Treatment Of Ophelia Essay
It may well be that Hamlet is aware that he is under observation which may explain the cryptic nature of the soliloquy, but that's another subject.Ophelia is presented as the vision of piety, engrossed in her prayer vigil.The main cause of these mad ideas, including seeing his father’s ghost, and mad actions all stem from the initial act of the marriage between Gertrude and Claudius.Hamlet was shattered and disgusted by his mother’s choice to marry his uncle so quickly that he states her tears from his father’s funeral were not even dried up yet before jumping into bed with his uncle, “Within a month, Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her gallèd eyes, She married.Casual observers of Hamlet accord too much credit for Hamlet's antics to the death of his father and the search for his revenge and not enough on his mother's fall from grace and his subsequent disillusionment with women.
So Gertrude is an important key to show how Hamlets feelings developed throughout the play and how her love can bring him finally to do what he was supposed to do.And yet because of his mother Hamlet mistrusts women in general and treats them as vile and untrustworthy creatures.Ophelia, Hamlet's true love, is doomed in her relationship from the moment Hamlet takes on the task of revenge.This the same formal response with which he receives Osric in 5.2 (I humbly thank you sir.) and the Captain in 4.4 (I humbly thank you, sir).Hamlet is being (or acting) very distant because he has become disillusioned by women.Hamlet's Relationships with Women in Hamlet by William Shakespeare When reading Hamlet it becomes clear right from the beginning that Hamlet has a deep relationship with his mother, Gertrude, because he loves and respects her so much.In the opening scene we can see Hamlet and Gertrude engaged in tender, loving behaviour.Hamlet is the one who has changed, it is not that he is rejecting Ophelia specifically, it is that he is rejecting women in general.She accuses him of forgetting her, for abandoning her and what they had.To understand Hamlets treatment of Ophelia its essential to look at Hamlets hatred towards his mother. Hamlet is wrapping up his 2B speech within ear shot of Ophelia, Claudius and Polonius.