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Does Hamlet really love Ophelia?What quotation from the play could be use to show how...

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tjspencer | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2008 at 9:30 PM via web

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Does Hamlet really love Ophelia?

What quotation from the play could be use to show how he really felt about Ophelia?

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted November 17, 2008 at 6:07 AM (Answer #1)

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eaglecat | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 17, 2008 at 1:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Indeed he does.  It is out of love for her that he chooses not to involve her in what he must do to bring justice to Denmark.  He loves her but cannot see what possible good could come of it (especially for her) as he deals with his uncle and mother's treachery.  He would prefer that she get to a "nunnery" than to become lustful and sinful like his mother.  He knows that she is being manipulated by her father, Polonius, and it infuriates him.  Check out the following website to search for specific passages for evidence of Hamlet's love.  Of special note is the scene at Ophelia's burial.

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