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Hamlet's Love Essay

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  • on February 24, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 482 words

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Hamlets dear love, from himself. However, one large controversy that is debated by many readers of the play, The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark,   is whether or not prince Hamlet truly loved his dear Ophelia or acted as so to cover up his revengeful plan to kill his deceitful uncle. Hamlet, as a prince, went to the University of Wittenberg, and had to return to his country due to the death of his father.   Once he had returned to his home, the castle of Elsinore, he discovered that his father’s death was no accident at all and was done at the hands of a relative.   “The serpents that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” (I.v.46-47), claimed by his own fathers ghost to Hamlet upon his return. Hamlet becomes distressed and promises his father to revenge his death by killing his uncle.   As time passes Hamlet grows frantic, strange, and seems mad to all in the castle because of his need and promise to bear this secret and deed. In Act two Ophelia is convinced that Hamlet has turned mad for her love, and not that he is mad for any other reason. After convincing her father Polonius of the reason for the current state of Hamlet, Ophelia’s father takes letters written to her from Hamlet to prove the Queen Gertrude and new crowned King Claudius of their theory. These love letters were written before Hamlet had turned “mad”, and before he had the duty to revenge his father’s death. His letters were true love poetry such as his explanation of “her excellent white bosom” (II.i.121) or how he “Doubt thou the stars are fire, - Doubt that the sun doth move, - Doubt truth to be a liar” but he “never doubt (his) love” for her. His emotions demonstrated in the letters prove that he was never pretending to love her; he always had loved her, and vowed that they would marry someday. “O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers. I have not art to reckon my groans, but that I love thee best, O most best, believe it” (II.ii.128-130) Hamlet writes this to Ophelia. In this...

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