What is Ophelia's relationship with her father and brother like in Hamlet?
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One of the most important scenes of the play toexplore Ophelia's relationship with her father and brother is Act I scene 3, as this scene features a conversation Ophelia has not only with Laertes but also with Polonius, both of them concerning Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship with him. It is clear from the warning that Laertes gives Ophelia, and her response to it, that Ophelia has a deep respect for Laertes that is built on love and a good relationship. Note how he counsels her to be very wary of Hamlet and of getting too close, as he warns her to "fear" the potential consequences of becoming sexually involved with him:
Fear it, Ophelia. Fear it, my dear sister,And keep you in the rear of your affection,Out of the shot and danger of desire.
Marry, I’ll teach you. Think yourself a babyThat you have ta'en these tenders for true pay,Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more dearly,Or—not to crack the wind of the poor phrase,Running it thus—you’ll tender me a fool.
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