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|GR: Hamlet and Ophelia, sitting in a tree...
Written by Cheryl
(5/19/2003 12:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Ophelia and Marianne, penned by Barbara
] And yet both Hamlet and Willoughby did claim to feel more for them then their callous treatment of these young girls made it appear. It is also interesting that for Hamlet this was expessed only after Ophelia was dead
But Hamlet does tell Ophelia that he loves her. In the letter he wrote to her that Polonius reads to Caludius (and how humiliating that must have been for her, to have to show her father and King love letters!):
'Doubt thou the stars are fire;
And when they are being eavesdropped upon by Polonius and Claudius, he says to her "I did love you once."
I wonder what Ophelia felt for Hamlet. Did she love him? She particpates in setting him up for Polonius and Claudius in the above scene. Did she have any choice? I don't think so. Could she have let Hamlet know somehow that they are being overheard? She had the opportunity when Hamlet asks her where her father is. Or was she too afraid?
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