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Hamlet Characters

Ophelia is Polonius’s daughter. In love with Hamlet, she is obedient to her father and listens to her brother, though she is spirited enough to accuse him of potential hypocrisy.

She obeys Polonius’s order to refuse to receive any more mail from Hamlet and not to see him, and turns over to her father what letters she does receive. She truly believes in Hamlet’s love, and though she agrees to trick him when commanded to by Claudius and Polonius, she is devastated when Hamlet turns on her, and believes in his madness. Nevertheless, she is able to banter somewhat with him at the play. Her father’s death at Hamlet’s hand drives her mad, in which state she undoes her hair and sings songs while accompanying herself on a lute. Her ravings touch on her father and her betrayal by Hamlet. Playing with flowers, she falls into the river and drowns, though whether this was intentional or not is uncertain.

 

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