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Hamlet

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Get Thee to a Nunnery

HAMLET-1TIXYN

Why does Hamlet repeatedly tell Ophelia to “get … to a nunnery”?

A

He has suddenly become religious and wants her to embrace religion as well.

B

He is mad with lust for her, but since he cannot marry her, he wants her unavailable to other suitors as well.

C

He feels hurt by her words and behavior and lashes out at her in exasperation.

D

He can think of no other way to end their disastrous conversation, so he arbitrarily chooses those words of advice.

E

He regrets his sexual relationship with her and wants her to commit to living a chaste life unblemished by sexual sin.