hamlet essay.docx - Elisabeth Bechtold 16 Miss Klipp ELA...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 3 pages.

Elisabeth Bechtold 16 Miss. Klipp ELA B30 16 April 2016 He Loves Her...He Loves Her Not. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet , the plot is driven by Claudius’ nephew, Hamlet, who seeks revenge on Claudius for the murder of his father. Hamlet’s avowed vengeance is motivated by the love he had for his father. While Hamlet’s love for his father is evident, his love for Ophelia is less certain. The Bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 as follows: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth”. Although Hamlet expresses passionate love for Ophelia, his unkind words, impatient behaviour and prideful, self-seeking attitude toward her proves otherwise. If love is kind as described by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, then Hamlet allegedly did not love Ophelia given his unkind words directed at her. In Act three, Scene one, Ophelia plans to run into Hamlet and return mementos he gave her. Hamlet responds in an arrogant way as he denied that he ever gave her such things as well as never loving her. “You should not have

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture