Although this is an interesting analysis, I can't be sure, because this is still an assumption. There is a pathetic beauty about her death, and a charming innocence about her activities during life. Edmund begins his book by telling you that it is a historical record, an important chronicle that is to be used, basically as a reference for a period of time. Polonius and Ophelia Submissive Ophelia drops all feelings for Hamlet and starts ignoring him because her father tells her to. Briefly answer the above questions, and then pick one to write an essay 5-6paragraph cite the original. To other people, the ghost is an imagination of Hamlet and not real.
Does he send Reynaldo to spy on because he cares about his son, or is he worried about what Laertes' possible behavior might reflect back on his own character? What is a sensitive young woman to make of this? But this custom was clearly ignored in Hamlet's case. Hamlet and Horatio Trusting Hamlet sends Horatio a letter telling him of his plan to come back. She has been associated with flowers throughout the play. To some extent, the play also considers notions of masculinity or lack thereof. Polonius connives with Claudius to spy on Hamlet. But this idea gives it a deeper look onto his feelings about the situations that are occurring with his children. He advises that Ophelia should stop seeing Hamlet because what she thinks is love is simply lust.
Polonius echoes the request for help and is heard by Hamlet, who then mistakes the voice for Claudius' and stabs through the arras and kills him. Polonius is the chief for King Claudius. He comes off very threatened when he hears of Ophelia affiliating herself with Hamlet. Suspecting the worst, Hamlet abuses Ophelia terribly in order to intimidate the King: Get thee to a nunnery! Quoted out of context, they even sound like good advice. So, what's going on with this bad dad? His obsession with their relationship causes his own death. Later on, into Act 2, Hamlet takes it too far with his actions towards Ophelia. I also wrote a blog post on this topic and shared many of the same opinions.
The significance of this fatherly advice is that when we find out, in Act 2 Scene 1, that Polonius is sending a spy to check up on Laertes by slandering him … about the town, we realize that Polonius himself is not to himself true and he is, as we increasingly find out, false to every man. The prince's words are those of a man whose blood is burning with lust, a lust which 'lends the tongue' the sincere promises Hamlet has made. He wants to be satisfied by taking back all the lands that his father had lost from Denmark. A reason she is not introduced could probably be explained because Shakespeare wanted to introduce as few women as possible, to keep Hamlet's general attitude toward women as notoriously sexist and stems from his disgust at his mother's sexuality and seeming unfaithfulness to his dead father. That's a really good point, about the absence of Laertes's and Ophelia's mother. Fathers often try to keep their strong figure as the head of the households and their love is usually implicit. Thanks again Char for your insightful questions! He doesn't expect Laertes to listen to his wise advice, because he wouldn't think of following it himself.
The king has little difficulty in exploiting his weak moral sense. It is a bond, which contains the necessary love and respect in a father-son relationship, but yet it lacks the closeness, or real emotional bonding required in a true relationship. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this response. Ophelia is weak because of her lack of self worth, falling under the manipulations of her brother, father and lover, Hamlet. I think Polonius does feel threatened because he is motivated by power and rank. In Hamlet, Ophelia represents a character with the internal troubles of humankind, the reality of the repeated conflict in life, as well as existence itself, must present it in the form of a.
I believe Ophelia is old enough to make her own decision's and wise enough to see what kind of person Hamlet is on her own. During this time in the play, people start to question if there are any moral consequences to their actions. Laertes is a mirror to Hamlet. I agreed with your points that Polonius was a loving and overprotective father and that he was worried that Ophelia would embarrass him. Hamlet unknowingly kills Polonius, provoking Ophelia's fit of madness, ultimately resulting in her early death and the climax of the play: a duel between Laertes and Hamlet. As for Ophelia, her father expresses his opinions about love to her, saying that he knows more about love than her, and instructs her to stay away from him; don't you agree that, despite his harsh commanding, it seems that he would do anything for his daughter and has her in his best in his best interest. In the tragedy, he seems a light-minded, frivolous youth, without noble principles and serious purposes.
Polonius is the councillor of the state of Denmark, who is also the father of Laertes and Ophelia. Protective Laertes thinks he needs to watch over her and protects her. Your video selection portrayed the scene very well, and in my opinion, adds a different dimension to the character. She is a dutiful daughter. Polonius does not seem to care that even if Laertes is not a quarreller, a gambler and a lecher, ever … yone will think so by the time Reynaldo is done.
They seemed founded on his own experience, and while partly admiring their worldly wisdom, she felt some suspicion of their application to Laertes himself. Laertes is upset at this disrespect toward his sister, just as he was upset that his father wasn't mourned with more pomp. Well, you can pretty much describe him as the typical, uptight, overprotective father that any girl has. He senses that conflicts will occur if they do get together and it won't be resolved easily. He is sure that Hamlet would never choose Ophelia to wife. Get a feel of Polonius overprotective side! This confused his conscience The mental processing that helps us think and talk rationally had been lost because Hamlet put so much effort into ensuring that people didn't find out what was up with him.
. Gertrude, who had made her a special favorite, knew well the mutual relation of the young lovers, and not only encouraged it, but even, as she affirms, looked forward to its consummation in lawful marriage. This description seems a little odd for a sister. When he speaks to Ophelia, he treats her the way one would expect a man of his time and stature to treat a daughter, as property. For Ophelia, she has no other choice but to obey her father's requests. Furthermore I don't think the text supports this view.