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In Shakespeare's Hamlet how has Ophelia betrayed Hamlet's trust in the matter of his...

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In Shakespeare's Hamlet how has Ophelia betrayed Hamlet's trust in the matter of his letters?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM (Answer #1)

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In the play Hamletby William Shakespeare, there exists a theme which deals with the issue of trust. Hamlet is rather disgusted with the actions of his mother Gertrude and his uncle Claudius. He feels betrayed, and also feels that they have betrayed his father by marrying. In the issue of Ophelia, Hamlet appears to have been much in love with her. The letters that he wrote to her were of a very intimate nature. In these letters he professed his love in different ways. He wrote love poems telling her "Doubt thou the stars are fire; / Doubt that the sun doth move; / Doubt truth to be a liar; / But never doubt I love."  This is written to her and intended for the eyes of no other. She betrayed that trust by giving them to her father, who then read them to Claudius and Gertrude. 

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