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riley10 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2008 at 8:37 AM via web

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Polonius' description of Hamlet's response to Ophelia's rejection of him makes him Hamlet resemble which other Shakespearean character?

Polonius' description of Hamlet's response to Ophelia's rejection of him makes him Hamlet resemble which other Shakespearean character?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 18, 2008 at 9:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Hamlet reminds me of Othello when Ophelia seems to reject him. He becomes very angry and denies he ever gave her anything. Then, in a violent outburst he tells her to "Get thee to a nunnery." Othello seems to act much the same way. The two characters face parallel situations because Ophelia is really not rejecting Hamlet and Desdemona has not rejected Othello. However, in their anger, they both become violent and senselessly derogatory in their remarks and actions. Othello, goes even further by killing Desdemona himself. Hamlet simply leaves Ophelia to kill herself.

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