In act 2, scene 1 of the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Ophelia is very distraught. Ophelia is mainly concerned with the behavior of her love interest, Hamlet.
Ophelia has been ordered by her father to stop seeing Hamlet. As an unmarried woman, she does whatever her father orders. Later, Ophelia's father requests her help and asks her to spy on Hamlet for him. Ophelia does this as well.
In this particular scene, Hamlet has entered Ophelia's room, she tells us. He seemed insane, as he was dirty and partially unclothed. Hamlet then proceeded to grab Ophelia by the arm and shake his head up and down. He left the room abruptly after sighing heavily. This interaction would be reason enough for a young girl to be upset.
Throughout the entire play, until her death, Ophelia is obedient and passive. She lets the men in her life control her thoughts and actions. She is also defined, by men, by her sexuality. Ophelia has no escape from her life and eventually goes mad and commits suicide.