He reaches the level of hating Ophelia, the girl who truly loves him fearing that she might be in possession of his mother’s betrayal character.Because of Gertrude’s evil plans of betraying her once beloved husband, Hamlet’s love for Ophelia, the woman who he loved and one who gave back an equal share of the love changes, and is significantly affected. As time goes by, the gap between Hamlet and Ophelia widens to the level of Hamlet declaring that he does not love Ophelia at all and is not ready to love her anymore (Shakespeare III.i.119-120).In the beginning of Hamlet, the Prince behaves as any normal person would following the death of a loved one.Not only is this a loved one, but an extra special someone; it is his loving father whom he adored.“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life Now wears his crown”(I.v.45-46) Hamlet is beside himself and becomes obsessed with plotting and planning revenge for the death of his father.Hamlet struggles constantly, trying to decide how he should go about avenging the loss of his father to his deceitful uncle-stepfather. Hamlet is given many opportunities to kill Claudius, but keeps stalling for time to be certain the ghost had spoken the truth about the murder. “the play’s the thing/Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King”(612-613).Hamlet is grief stricken, depressed, and even angry that his mother remarried so soon after his father’s death.
Gertrude’s unrefined actions changes Hamlet’s perception of love towards others.
He therefore resolves that woman’s adoration is so frail and can be changed so easily depending on the situation that the woman finds herself.
Faulkner calls women “frail beings not because of their physical abilities but because of their weak emotions” (146).
He is talented in many ways, as actor, athlete, and scholar.
Prince Hamlet draws upon many of his talents as he goes through a remarkable metamorphosis, changing from an average, responsible, young Prince to an apparently mad, raging son intent upon avenging his father’s untimely death.