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Hamlet: Act I Sc III

In the Act I Sc III of Hamlet, the readers get three sets of conversational exchanges that illumine Shakespeare’s assured grasp over the many threads of his complicated plot. It is often argued by Feminist critics like Lee Edwards that: “We can imagine Hamlet’s story without Ophelia, but Ophelia literally has no story without Hamlet”. Except the Little digressive episode of the “few precepts” (202) of Polonius to his son, the scene throws light on the characterization and representation of Ophelia as purity and innocence personified, establishing femininity in a patriarchal discourse as passivity, subservience and lack. Laertes feels sincere anxiety for Ophelia because of Hamlet and “the trifling of his favour” (197). He warns Ophelia against the youthful Hamlet…