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Hamlet Coursework: Is Hamlet alone responsible for Ophelias death? - WJEC English Lit. CW

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  • Submitted: 28/11/2011
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Hamlet Coursework: Is Hamlet alone responsible for Ophelia's death?

As we progress through the play, we discover different people who could be held responsible for Ophelia's death. At the beginning of the play, it seems as if Hamlet is solely responsible for her death, however as we progress we see how different people had a part to play in the cause of her death.

In Act 1 Scene 3, we see Ophelia's relationship with both her brother and her father, as they warn Ophelia against her interaction with Hamlet. Firstly she speaks with her brother, Laertes, about her relationship with Hamlet. Laertes states that if Hamlet says he loves you 'it fits your wisdom so far to believe him'. This is saying to Ophelia that she is naive and this is because she has never experienced matters like this before, however while he is saying this he is not being patronising as such. This shows us that although he is trying to protect her, but he also doesn't trust her judgement entirely. From this and the fact Laertes states that Ophelia should 'Fear it, my dear sister', by it he is referring to Hamlets apparent feelings towards

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