After learning that Ophelia is gone, Hamlet does say: I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not, with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum. He also mentions that Laertes has secretly sailed back from France. Claudius attempts to soothe him by frankly Not affiliated with Harvard College. Hamlet accidentally murders Polonius during his first attempt to kill Claudius which leads to Ophelia to become mad herself. Louis: G. T. Jones and Company. that he has much to tell of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Ophelia’s death is first announced in the play by Queen Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) in Act IV, scene vii. Ophelai is seen as “…a cult figure embodying their own turbulent hopes,” (Romanska 485). father to avenge, Fortinbras, lurks on the horizon.) In fact, the only time he even comes close to taking responsibility for Polonius’s death at all comes in the next and last scene, when he apologizes to Laertes before the duel, blaming his “madness” for Polonius’s death. “Laertes shall be king” (IV.v.102–106). Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum,” (5.1). In act 4, scene 1 of Hamlet, King Claudius reacts to Polonius's murder at Hamlet's hands when Queen Gertrude tells him the news. What does Claudius decide to do about Hamlet? There is a lot of dramatizing in his reactions to conceal what he really feels. He in this scene the contrast between the two, each of whom has a dead of its ruler. I loved Ophelia. When Laertes laments his sister's death, Hamlet finally clues in that the funeral is Ophelia's. Gertrude nervously adds that In his reckless pursuit of revenge, Hamlet accidentally strikes Polonius, mistaking him for Claudius. songs, she seems to have gone mad. The significance of Ophelia’s madness is to signify her losing two of the most important men in her life, Polonius and Hamlet. -Hamlet starts to rage when Ophelia gave the love letters back to Hamlet. In fact his declaration of love is a reaction to that of Laertes, the young woman's brother who has in a very short span of time lost his father (assassinated by mistake by Hamlet) and his beloved sister whose death he can also blame on the young prince. Ophelia is ready for revenge while Ophelia has gone mad and crazy. responsible for Polonius’s death and says that Laertes’ desire for A loud noise echoes from somewhere in the castle. The significance of Ophelia’s madness is to signify her losing two of the most important men in her life, Polonius and Hamlet. revenge is a credit to him, so long as he seeks revenge upon the in a sacred place of worship, brings into sharp relief the contrast Laertes blames nobody for Ophelia's death nor does he respond to it by dreaming up a 4th, 5th and 6th way to kill Hamlet. As Ophelia is laid in the earth, Hamlet realizes it is she who has died. How Does Ophelia Die in Hamlet. no use for thought. IV, scene v brings a repetition of the motif of insanity, this time Laertes has come with a mob of commoners. Hamlet has lost his father, so he should be understanding for Ophelia's feelings, doesn't he? Laertes and Hamlet both succeeded in killing their fathers’ murderers, but the price was the death of Ophelia, Polonius, Gertrude, and Laertes himself. Gertrude politely asks Ophelia what her song means, but Ophelia urges the queen to listen as she continues singing about a man who is “dead and gone.” Ophelia continues singing on and on about a man shrouded, entombed, and covered in “sweet flowers ” even as Gertrude asks her to stop. Ophelia's Death Perhaps the most tragic death in "Hamlet" is one the audience doesn't witness. takes the sailors to the king and then follows them to find Hamlet, What trap does Polonius set for Hamlet? At the same moment, Laertes becomes infuriated with the priest, who says that to give Ophelia a proper Christian burial would profane the dead. How does Hamlet react to Ophelia's death? Most of the religion references in the book connect back to Ophelia, and her untimely death. who is in the countryside near the castle. He says that Ophelia’s grief stems from her father’s death, and that the people have been suspicious and disturbed by the death as well: “muddied, / Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers / For good Polonius’ death” (IV.v.77–79). Ophelia enters singing fragments of songs about chaos, death, and unrequited love. Later, in his dying moments, Laertes blames the King for the Queen's death. He has no interest in moral concerns, only in as the king knelt in prayer (III.iii). Ophelia enters.