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What are three characteristics of Ophelia from Hamlet?  Give three charaterictics or qualities about her and explain why they relate to her.

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Ophelia is a loyal daughter to Polonius. She unhesitatingly goes along with her father's and Claudius's plot to try and determine the cause of Hamlet's febrile state of mind. Polonius thinks that Hamlet's love for Ophelia is making him crazy, so he sets out to test his theory by getting Ophelia to return the love letters and little gifts that he's given her. The plan is a complete disaster; Hamlet pretends that he never gave Ophelia anything, viciously insults her, and then storms off, leaving her utterly distraught. Ophelia must have known that things could end this way, yet she willingly participated in Polonius's sordid little plan out of loyalty to her father.

Ophelia doesn't really understand Hamlet. As the infamous "Get thee to a nunnery" scene just mentioned indicates, Hamlet and Ophelia have radically different understandings of their relationship. Hamlet regards Ophelia as little more than a sex object, and shamelessly toys with her affections. Ophelia, for her part, is too naive and...

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