As the conflicts between the characters and Hamlet's .
inner conflicts become more complex, Ophelia is caught in the middle. She can't deal with the .
overwhelmingly shocking emotions caused by the many unforeseen and tragic events. In the .
beginning, Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship seems like an ordinary dating couples"; Hamlet .
makes "many tenders of his affection" on her, as well as "importuning [her] with love in an .
honorable fashion" and making "almost all the holy vows of heaven." (1.3) However, Ophelia is .
then frankly told by both her father and brother, whom she dearly loves, that Hamlet does not .
actually love her, that she is not good enough for him, and his only purpose in wooing her is to .
steal away her pure, precious virginity. She is not certain whether or not any of this is true, as she .
admits to her father with the words, "I do not know, my lord, what I should think." (1.3) .
Ophelia, being the loyal and obedient daughter that she is, obeys her father's instructions and .
refuses to return Hamlet's "affections". Hamlet then comes to her one night, perhaps mad or .
perhaps still just pretending to be mad, and out-and-out confuses poor Ophelia's young, innocent .
mind. When Ophelia describes the encounter she explains how "To speak of horrors-he came .
before me.He took me by the wrist and held me hard." Hamlet stares at her for a while, then .
sighs and departs down the stairs without taking his eyes off of her. Ophelia is further confused .
when she is told that Hamlet does in fact love her, and it is her fault that he seems to be going .
mad. She innocently agrees to help spy on Hamlet without thinking of the possible consequences. .
During their encounter, Hamlet treats her as though she is utterly hateful. His sudden passionate .
change of attitude is very perplexing to Ophelia, as she has done nothing to intentionally anger .
him. Hamlet, possibly feeling betrayed by Ophelia or maybe just insane, says, "I did love you .