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Triangle Essay

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My triangle is a scalene triangle involving Hamlet, Ophelia and Polonius. The bottom side is the longest and represents Hamlet’s craziness. The second side represents Ophelia’s involvement with Hamlet and creates a small angle with the bottom side. The last side is the shortest side, and this side represents Polonius’ worry for Ophelia. I decided to use a scalene triangle because all these factors in the play affect each other differently and with different force rather than them all affecting each other equally.
Hamlet’s craziness as well as Ophelia's involvement with Hamlet both fuel Polonius’s worry for Ophelia. It is clear from the beginning of the play that Hamlet is slightly mad. Even ...view middle of the document...

3.138), and he doesn’t mean any of the promises he makes.
Both Polonius’ worry for Ophelia and Hamlet’s madness work together to affect Ophelia and Hamlet’s relationship. The angle created by Polonius’ worry and Hamlet’s madness is double of its opposite angle with Hamlet and Ophelia, because Polonius had more intention of affecting Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship than Hamlet wanted to affect Polonius’ worry. The reason that the side concerning Polonius is the shortest is because his intentions are not completely sincere. Although he worries for his daughter he is also slightly worried about his reputation and he tells Ophelia not to “slander any moment leisure / As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet” (1.3.143-144). He does not want her actions to reflect badly on him or for her to disgrace him. Originally, the King wanted to know why Hamlet was crazy so he sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to talk to Hamlet to “get from him why he puts on this confusion” (3.1.2). Claudius is getting worried that Hamlet is figuring out that he killed his father. When they come back without results Polonius and Claudius decide to spy on Hamlet and Ophelia having a conversation. They manipulate Ophelia and set her up to cross paths with Hamlet. When they hear him approaching they hide and Polonius says, “I hear him coming. withdraw, my lord” (3.1.63). All of a sudden in the middle of their conversation Hamlet says, “Where’s your father?” (3.1.141). This implies that either he hears a noise or suspects that someone is watching them. Ophelia then has to choose whether she is going to betray her father or her lover. She decides to lie to Hamlet and tells him, “At home, my lord” (3.1.142). Hamlet suspects that has betrayed him and completely rejects Ophelia. He insults her saying, “If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague / for thy dowry” (3.1.146-147), cursing any further marriage she might have. He completely ends their...

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