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|Laertes and Hamlet follow the same drift...
Written by Tanya Virginia
(5/25/2003 8:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Laertes and Hamlet regarding "true love", penned by Laraine
Ophelia's rep will be ruined if she doesn't protect her chastity, but Hamlet and Laertes need not worry about their reputation/chastity. A double standard that's unfortunately still with us.
following Laertes' warnings to Ophelia they continue:
I shall the effect of this good lesson keep,
I feel sorry for Ophelia and like her despite the fact that she betrays Hamlet. I blame Polonius and Claudius more for their conniving pushiness than Ophelia for her passive obedience; it must be hard to deny both King and father, especially in those times. Imagine Ophelia refusing to do the King's bidding-- Scary thought. Yes, she could've given Hamlet a signal when he asked her where her father was in Act 3 Scene 1, but she must've been scared and under a lot of pressure. (Also she would've had to have given him a signal without Polonius and Claudius noticing. I have no idea of stage directions/positions of the the characters in this scene, so...) So she made a mistake. There are worse people in the play than her. It's not liked she killed anyone ;-) !
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