Used to relying upon her fathers direction and brought up to be obedient, she can only accept her fathers belief, seconded by that of her brother, that Hamlets “holy vows” of love were simply designed for her seduction.
She was to obey her fathers orders not to permit Hamlet to see her again.
He used the word “beautified” to display a sincere tribute, and it is apparent he still loves her.
His attempts to win her affection are not triumphant.
When Ophelia speaks about Valentines Day she is referring to the events of romance that she was denied.
Ophelias madness is brought on by her lack of being able to demonstrate any maturity in trying to cope with her losses and in return can only inflict her madness on the court.Ophelia is still too much under the influence of her father to question his wisdom or authority, and she has no mind of her own to understand how much she has made her lover suffer.No matter how much it pained her to not see Hamlet, all she could see in his present behavior is the madness that terrified her.Abused by her lover, and bereft of her fathers protection she loses control of her mind.In her insane state she came to believe that the seduction her family tried so hard to protect her from has passed.Her fathers admission of error might have embittered a more independent Ophelia. Being tormented of scenes of death and the burial, she reaches out to the beauty of hanging flowers in a willow tree and somehow drowns.Ophelia was never able to understand exactly what Hamlet was suffering from, and in a way he created a situation for her to relate; death of a father and betrayal by a loved one.Ophelia is a beautiful and simple-minded woman, easily molded by the more powerful opinions and desires of others.The thoughts of her father and her brother influenced her the most.Have your students just finished reading Shakespeare's Hamlet?If so, you might be looking for ways they can express and deepen their understanding of some of the most crucial themes in the play.