An analysis of the characters Ophelia and Gertrude in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Ophelia and Gertrude. Two different women who seem to be trapped in the same circumstances in relation to Hamlet. Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother and the Queen of Denmark.
Ophelia is a young woman who is the daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes. In the play, Ophelia is caught between her obedience to her father and her love for Hamlet, which results in tragic consequences. As a character who perfectly represents the “good girl” schema, Ophelia is the quintessential obedient daughter, a role demanded of all young women in the early 17th century.