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Hamlet: Love Sick in Denmark


            
             The play Hamlet, because it deals with issues inside the main character Hamlet's mind, for instance the dispute of Hamlet's love for Ophelia, is without question, one of the most complex plays known to mankind. Whether his love for Ophelia is true is often unclear throughout the play because Hamlet has times, like when she rejects him, where he treats Ophelia unkindly. Ophelia refusing his love on top of Prince Hamlet's duty of avenging his father's death leads Hamlet to have episodes of insanity. There are times where it is clear Hamlet had professed his love towards Ophelia. Although Hamlet's love for Ophelia is covered up with other thoughts on his mind, it is clear that he has true love for her when he gets upset over her rejection, when he looks as though he has gone crazy without her, and when he makes his affections known through speech and love letters.
             Hamlet's way of handling a break up is to pretend he had not felt any love emotions towards Ophelia from the start. Without knowing that Hamlet's love for Ophelia is true, Polonius orders his daughter Ophelia to no longer be involved with Prince Hamlet in act 1, scene 3. When Hamlet first encounters Ophelia in act 3, scene 1, he is genuinely happy to see her when he says, " The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons / Be all my sins remeber"d" (III,I,90-91). Hamlet greets her with remarks of her beauty, and refers to her as a creature more heavenly than himself who might be easily forgiven of sins. "Be all my sins remember"d" is Hamlet's way of asking for forgiveness for not talking to her in a while. When she asks him how he is, he says, "I .
             humbly thank you: well, well, well" (III,I,93). Hamlet thanks Ophelia for asking how he is, and is "well" for the first time in pages due to her presence. Ophelia then attempts to give Hamlet back all of his tokens of love that he has given her, which upsets Hamlet so much he denies ever giving them to her and insults her by saying, "Get thee to a nunnery.


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