Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Did Hamlet Love for Ophelia?

Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship is very complicated, and many critics have questioned whether Hamlet genuinely loved Ophelia. Hamlet genuinely loved her before his father’s death, and this is shown by the love letters they have from before. However, after Hamlet’s father’s death, he develops trust issues and resentment  especially towards women after his mother’s haste…

Hamlet Character Relationships

Relationship Description Evidence Claudius and Gertrude Gertrude is trusting of Claudius When Hamlet kills polonius, Gertrude confides in Claudius. Claudius loves Gertrude to an extent Claudius stops Gertrude from drinking the poisoned wine that was meant for Hamlet. Gertrude protects Claudius Gertrude is always defending Claudius. For example, when Claudius is disturbed by Hamlet’s play,…

Conflict in Shakespeare’s Hamlet & A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet (1603) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1600), explore the theme of conflict and its repercussions, each play highlighting different aspects of the theme due to differences in genre and subject. Conflict, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one”, and would therefore seem to…

Animal Imagery In Hamlet

In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, animalistic imagery is seen throughout the play and intertwines many characters. There are two main types of animalistic behaviors seen in the play. First there are the common predator-prey relationships that are visible in all animalistic societies. In the animal kingdom there is a food chain where some smarter or more…