Is Ophelia pregnant?

Nothing in Shakespeare's Hamlet suggests that Ophelia is pregnant.

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Nothing within Shakespeare's text suggests Ophelia might be pregnant. No character comments on this as a possibility, and obviously Ophelia is not visibly pregnant, since that would be something the other characters would comment upon were it so.

The text does contain suggestions that Hamlet and Ophelia may have slept...

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Nothing within Shakespeare's text suggests Ophelia might be pregnant. No character comments on this as a possibility, and obviously Ophelia is not visibly pregnant, since that would be something the other characters would comment upon were it so.

The text does contain suggestions that Hamlet and Ophelia may have slept together or at least had a more sexual relationship than would have been permitted by the standards of the time. Note the subjects of Ophelia's "mad songs." Even though Ophelia has ostensibly lost her sanity, she still seems to sing about things that have touched her life: the loss of loved ones is the most significant, but the other song she sings is about a good young woman losing her virginity under false promises. The latter part of the song is as follows:

By Gis and by Saint Charity,
Alack, and fie for shame!
Young men will do't, if they come to't;
By cock, they are to blame.
Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
You promised me to wed.
So would I ha' done, by yonder sun,
An thou hadst not come to my bed.

The audience knows Ophelia lost her father, Polonius. And considering Hamlet's highly sexual comments around Ophelia during both the "get thee to a nunnery" scene and at the staging of The Mousetrap, as well as Polonius and Laertes's fear of her being seduced, it would not be too wild to assume Ophelia might have engaged in premarital sex with Hamlet. Ophelia's singing of this issue of seduction and abandonment, in conjunction with her fixation on grief and death, make such a possibility strong.

Despite all of this, Ophelia never sings of pregnancy or the possibility of being pregnant due to any potential illicit sexual activity. Now, a theater group putting on Hamlet might want to include a pregnant Ophelia, and they are certainly within their rights to interpret the script as they see fit. However, such suggestions do not exist within the text itself.

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