Hamlet's Behavior with Ophelia
Describe Hamlet’s behavior when he visits Ophelia in Scene I. Do you think his actions provide evidence of his insanity or are his actions motivated by something else? Explain. At least 5 sentences. Use 3 pieces of evidence to support your answer.
10/6/2015 09:15:59 am
When Hamlet first sees Ophelia, he is genuinely excited to see her. However, once he realizes that he is being spied on and that Ophelia seems to be in on the plan, he starts to act insane. He rips up and throws around the letters that Ophelia was trying to return to him. He also tells her to go to a nunnery and calls her a liar and the reasons for his problems. He insults her makeup and calls her two-faced. I think that his actions are still motivated by his father's death and his mother's remarriage. He is still acting pretty crazy, but I still think that it is an act and not actually how he is.
10/7/2015 06:07:28 am
I agree with Joanna's idea that Hamlet's craziness is a result of his father's death and his mother's marriage. However, I disagree that it is just an act. I believe at first we was just acting, but now I think he is starting to believe he really is crazy.
10/7/2015 06:07:34 am
I like how specific you were when explaining the insults, it really paints a picture of how this whole scene went down. I agree that his actions are probably motivated by his fathers death and his mothers remarriage. I don't think Hamlet is actually crazy either.
10/6/2015 10:12:55 am
At first, Hamlet is happy to see Ophelia and he is temporarily uplifted. However, once Ophelia tries to return the letter that he had sent her, Hamlet once again turns cold and begins to act mad. He questions Ophelia's motives, calls her a lair, and tells her that he never loved her. He also claims that she is pretending to be something that she is not and tells her to enter a nunnery. I think that as Hamlet continues his act of madness, he is slowly turning mad. At this point, he is still acting, but I think that he is beginning to actually turn crazy. His actions are spurred on by the continued betrayal he feels and his grief over the death of his father.
10/7/2015 06:07:59 am
I like the strong vocabulary you used through out your entry. You used good textual evidence and supported your opinions. In a way I do agree that he is slowly turning mad but I also think that he has so much in his life that he is bottling up and I taking it out on Ophelia.
1/1/2018 03:38:30 pm
The question is for Act 2 scene 1, so they didn't make the plan yet, it is not the scene that Ophelia returns the letters.It is the scene when after Ophelia goes to her father and tells about Hamlets behaviour, then Polonius decides to tell this to King.
10/6/2015 10:31:38 am
10/6/2015 10:38:27 am
When Ophelia visits Hamlet in Scene 1 Act 3, he is very happy to see her. He talks kindly to her, until she tries to return his letters. He starts becoming hostile, and tells her to go back to the "nunnery." He calls her a prostitute in doing so, and then tells her he may have once loved her. Almost immediately after he tells her this, he tells her he never did love her. When he realizes he is being spied on and that Ophelia is in on it, he becomes violent. I do not believe that Hamlet is acting anymore. Up until this scene I believe he may have been faking it, but I think that now he has gone mad. The death of his father and the betrayal by nearly all of the people he loves has driven him to actually become crazy.
10/7/2015 06:08:36 am
I enjoyed the writer's use of textual evidence throughout his post such as mentioning the nunnery. However, Matt K. had very poor vocabulary throughout this post. He used words such as "happy" and "kindly". There should be a few grammar corrections such as commas added. Overall, this blog post explained Hamlet's insanity very well.
10/6/2015 10:53:48 am
When Hamlet first sees Ophelia he seems surprised and happy to see her. However he started to seem a little insane once she tried to give him back the letters. His actions truly do provide evidence that he somewhat insane. When he first sees her he was kind and gentle until she brought up the letters. I think he has gotten more used to acing insane then he has to acting normal. Also when he heard the noise and suspected Polonius and Claudius were watching him he when absolutely berserk. He left Ophelia crying on the ground, Polonius thinking he was right about why he is insane, and Claudius thinking that maybe the cause of Hamlets madness is his fathers death.
10/7/2015 06:08:51 am
Drew, I think you did a good job of summarizing Hamlet's reaction to Ophelia. Also, I agree with what you said about Hamlet's insanity. All of the things going on in his life have led him to actually going mad.
10/6/2015 12:34:13 pm
When Hamlet visits Ophelia in scene 1, Hamlet does not act like he usually does. I agree with both of the statements about Hamlet's actions. During some points of his soliloquy he was acting crazy. When he was abusing Ophelia once he found out that she was spying on him she was acting totally out of character. But I think that he was acting out of character because of all the problems that he has been allowing to build up inside and it keeps getting worse. Between him losing his father, his mother remarrying within a couple days of his father's death, and the girl that he loves has been spying on him to help out his new stepfather.
10/6/2015 01:15:27 pm
When Hamlet first sees Ophelia, he appears to be happy. He greets her with a hug an some friendly conversation. However, once Ophelia mentions her feelings towards Hamlet, he denies everything. She shows him the letters he sent her, but he denies writing them. He rips them up and throws them around the room. Hamlet gets even angrier when he realizes he is being spied on. He begins running around the room searching for anyone who might be watching him. I believe his actions are a direct result of his father's death.
10/6/2015 05:24:02 pm
As Hamlet first sees Ophelia, he is pleased to see her and embraces her. As soon as Ophelia says something about returning his remembrances he isn't too happy. Hamlet starts to deny everything that came out of Ophelia's mouth. Hamlet was saying things like, are you honest or are you fair and is kind of questioning what she is trying to do. Hamlet just continues to become more and more angry. He is insulting her by telling her to go to a nunnery and is blaming his madness on her and says that his mother never should have gave birth to him. Hamlet's anger was getting a little out of hand he began to put down all marriages and rudely comments on Ophelia's appearance. I believe that hamlet's actions were because he was angry that people that he was once close with are turning out to be two faced and he feels that he can't trust anyone, therefore he is taking his anger out on Ophelia.
10/7/2015 06:10:24 am
I liked the amount of evidence you included in your post. You clearly backed up your argument with facts from the text. You had a few grammar errors, but otherwise your entry seems to thoroughly answer the prompt. I agree with your response that Hamlet is taking his anger and bottled emotions out on those around him.
10/6/2015 06:22:41 pm
When Hamlet first sees Ophelia, he is excited to see her. Later, he suddenly changes and starts to go insane when he realizes he is being spied on. When Ophelia tries to return the letters he sent her, he denies it all, and calls her a liar. Hamlet insults Ophelia's makeup, and says her beauty makes her even more of a liar. He tells her she should go to a nunnery, then storms off. Ophelia is left crying on the ground, blaming herself. I believe Hamlet's actions are motivated by his father's death, and the anger toward his family.
10/7/2015 06:05:49 am
I really liked how you summarized Hamlet and Ophelia's conversation! I would just make sure you include 3 pieces of textual evidence and maybe explain why you think Hamlet's actions are motivated by his father's death and the anger toward his family. Other than that, nice job! :)
10/6/2015 06:34:08 pm
When Hamlet first sees Ophelia, he is excited as most people would be to see their girlfriend/ boyfriend. However, as time goes on and Hamlet suspects that he is being spied on and Ophelia is in on it, the excitement quickly turns to anger. Hamlet is happy to see Ophelia, hugs her and kisses her, but as soon as she brings out the love letters he goes completely insane. I don't think that Hamlet is actually insane he just doesn't deal well with rejection which causes him to lash out. Although I don't believe he is actually going crazy, Hamlet says things to Ophelia that no one in their right mind would say to someone they once loved. He tells her that he never actually loved her, that she is two faced and might as well be a prostitute. As all the tragedy in Hamlets life continues to build up the more aggressive he gets.
10/7/2015 06:04:34 am
Your writing rocks Kell!! I do like the amount of explanation that you included in this response.I do disagree with your opinion, and I believe that Hamlet is actually going insane. Even though I disagree, the evidence that you provided allows me to better understand your point of view.
10/7/2015 06:07:42 am
I agree with what you said in the last sentence about Hamlet's aggressiveness building up. I think that it is a very interesting look on what is happening in the story.
10/6/2015 06:42:13 pm
When Hamlet first sees Ophelia, he is excited and happy. Then, when he realizes that he is being spied on, he turns into the crazy and mad man everyone believes he is. He is aggressive toward Ophelia rejecting the letters, telling her to go to a nunnery, and even insulting her makeup. At this point, I am unsure whether or not Hamlet is faking insanity at this point in the story. If you act crazy long enough, you will soon become crazy. It may have originally been an act, but it is apparent in this conversation with Ophelia and during his soliloquy.
10/7/2015 06:08:20 am
I agree with what you said about Hamlet's insanity. I like how you summarized his actions toward Ophelia, and his your reasons for support.
10/6/2015 06:50:27 pm
Hamlet acts as he normally would when he first encounters Ophelia. However, Hamlet's actions drastically change in their discourse when Ophelia mentions Hamlet's love letters to her. When Ophelia offers to return Hamlet's love letters, Hamlet becomes aggressively defensive and says that he never loved her. This is illustrated in Act III Scene I, lines 126-129, "You should not have believed me, for virtue cannot so (inoculate) our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not." Hamlet knows that he is being spied on and wants people to believe that he is not in love with Ophelia, so he starts insulting her throughout Act III Scene I, by telling her to "Get thee (to) a nunnery," or a place where prostitutes live. With all that has occurred, I believe that Hamlet has become somewhat insane, and is confused on how to act on all that has happened. If I knew that my friends, family, and everyone that I love spied on me, I would become very confused and even become somewhat mad. I truly believe that this is what is happening to Hamlet. Also, there is no question that Hamlet's madness is immensely affecting other characters in the play. In Act III Scene I, line 145, Ophelia has an emotional breakdown, exclaiming "O, help him, you sweet heavens!" I predict that Hamlet will only become more insane as the play continues, affecting many of the characters along the way.
10/7/2015 06:05:11 am
Even though i don't like your hair, I really like the quotes that you used. They all support your answer very well. I also agree with your prediction about Hamlet becoming even more insane than he already is as the play goes on.
10/7/2015 06:05:28 am
I liked how you incorporated the line numbers with your citations. I agree that Hamlet has become insane because of all the crazy things going on with his life.
10/7/2015 06:06:32 am
Hi Chris. I love the amount of material you have posted on this blog post for us to read. You have good points and wrote so much that it definitely does not make the rest of us look bad. You also did a good job of citing your quotes from the book.
10/6/2015 08:06:18 pm
Upon seeing Ophelia, Hamlet have a very cordial exchange with each other. Hamlet appears to be genuine in his emotions when she is speaking to him. Immediately after, when Ophelia attempts to return the love letters to Hamlet, his emotions completely reverse until he is furiously yelling at her. Hamlet continues, calling Ophelia a hypocrite, and insulting her makeup. I believe that Hamlet's actions do, in fact, show a loss of sanity. In less than five lines of dialogue, Hamlet contradicts his own statements, by telling Ophelia that he once loved her, then telling her that he never loved her. He is losing his ability to reason with himself, and is unable to control his actions, even at times when he is not putting on an act.
10/6/2015 08:09:48 pm
In addition to his rage towards Ophelia's attempt to return the love letters, Hamlet's anger comes from his suspicion of being spied on. This causes him to question Ophelia about Polonius, and about her honesty towards him. The anger that Hamlet shows is irrational, which makes the reader question Hamlet's state of sanity.
10/7/2015 06:08:30 am
I agree with the point that you made with Hamlet actually being crazy because he told Ophelia that he never loved her and it was all an act, and then later changed his story by saying that he actually did love her. I also agree that Hamlet is unable to control his actions, and is not thinking before he says or does something to Ophelia.
10/7/2015 04:57:56 am
I think that Hamlet's actions in scene 1 do show that Hamlet is actually insane. Hamlet says many contradictory statements when he gets mad at Ophelia. This could just be because he is mad at her, but the things that he said made it just sound like he was mindlessly rambling on. At one point he is saying that he loves Ophelia and the next, he is saying that he doesn't love her and that she should "take thee to a nunnery." These prove that Hamlet isn't right in the head after all of the tragic events that he experienced.
10/7/2015 06:06:38 am
I liked the example about Hamlets contradictory statements. This was a great example to prove that Hamlet is becoming insane. I also liked the use of your quote in your writing. More examples would be helpful next time but other than that its a pretty solid point
10/7/2015 05:14:50 am
I believe that towards the beginning of scene one Hamlet is normal and not crazy, but when the scene progresses Hamlet begins to show characteristics of him being crazy. Some of these characteristics include Hamlet beginning to contradict all of his statements and his emotions begin to swing very rapidly. He goes from joy to sadness to anger in the duration of a couple sentences. Finally another example is when he begins to harass Ophelia at the end of scene for something that basically her father planed and Ophelia had little choice.
10/7/2015 05:52:43 am
At first, Hamlet and Ophelia talk normally, they appear happy to see eachother. Then Ophelia mentions the love letters Hamlet sent to her. He grows cold and becomes aggressive. His anger is not needed and I definitely question his sanity. He continues to grow angrier after Hamlet realizes he is being spied on. He then tells Ophelia to leave and go to the prostitutes.
10/7/2015 06:05:57 am
Justin, this shows some great details and emotion of what Hamlet was truly feeling. However you could've went more in depth of what is actually happening such as using textual evidence, you rarely used any at all.
10/7/2015 05:53:21 am
I believe that Hamlet began to show signs of insanity as his fight with Ophelia progresses. He at first is happy to see her in the novel, when he hugs her and kisses her. Then, when Ophelia says that she does not love him anymore, Hamlet reacts and starts questioning her. Hamlet says that he actually never loved her, and that he did not send her any love letters, even though he did. Hamlet then starts criticizing Ophelia and insulting her. Hamlet calls her a liar, and proceeds to say that she should return to the nunnery where she belongs. When Hamlet realizes that he is being watched as this fight unravels, he gets more angry. I think that Hamlet is actually starting to lose his sanity and that it is no longer an act.
10/7/2015 05:53:40 am
Hamlet is able to maintain his sanity throughout act II, but I believe that he begins to lose his sanity during scene i of act III. There are too many things going on in his life in order for him to keep himself sane. He is worrying about his father's death and getting revenge on Claudius. This alone could run somebody insane, but he is also worrying about his relationship with Ophelia. Polonius is constantly peering over Hamlet's shoulder to spy on him. Hamlet has officially gone mad in in my opinion in the Tragedy of Hamlet.
10/7/2015 05:56:45 am
I think that Hamlet began to go crazy because he realized that everyone is against him. In the book, he hears the noise and he relizes that people are spying on him. He is distraught since nobody is there for him. Everyone is against him. Also, he calls her an immoral person because she is lying to him. If I was Hamlet, I would lose everything too when everyone is against me.
10/7/2015 06:05:04 am
It is a very interesting viewpoint on Hamlet's madness. I like how you think that Hamlet is insane because he thinks that everyone is against him, and I would agree to this. I would only say that you should add a little more information.
10/7/2015 06:06:19 am
I did not look at it that way, but I totally understand it. Hamlet is acting insane because everyone is against him.
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