Female Characters in hamlet

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In the play, "Hamlet", despite the endless tragedies that occurred throughout the play, if you look passed the protagonist Hamlet's unstableness; it is shown that Hamlet in fact loved Ophelia. Although the audience may question Hamlet's love for Ophelia, the truth of the matter is that he did love her, yet under the circumstances which were occurring with Hamlet's family; it caused him to become completely side tracked. Hamlet's love for Ophelia had been put aside so Hamlet could focus on one thing, avenging his father's death.

Before the death of Hamlets father, the late King Hamlet, it is clear that Ophelia and Hamlet had been seeing each other and had some type of romantic relationship together. However, even before Hamlet's decision to seek revenge on his uncle Claudius, the new heir to the throne, Ophelia's family had been poisoning her thoughts stating to end her relationship with Hamlet because no good will come of it:

"In few, Ophelia,

Do not believe his vows; for they are brokers;

Not of that dye which their investments show,

But mere implorators of unholy suits,

Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds,

The better to beguile.

(I, III, 126-131)

However, Hamlet then puts Ophelia aside when he is informed about his mother's marriage to his uncle Claudius. Infuriated Hamlet calls this absurd marriage an "incestuous marriage" many times throughout the play. Hamlet then states

"You should not have believed me;

For virtue cannot inoculate our old stock

But we shall relish of it;

I loved you not." (III, I, 117-119)

It is obvious that Hamlet is merely contradicting his love for Ophelia only because of the horrid news he learns about his mother and uncle. His mother and uncle's incestuous marriage is frowned upon in the eye of Hamlet, thus making it difficult...