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Hamlet

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Ophelia's Personality

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Before returning to France, Laertes counsels Ophelia to proceed carefully with Hamlet because, although he may care for her, he cannot marry whom he chooses, since, as a royal, his will is not his own.

He tells her to remain chaste and she responds that she will, but that he should reck his own rede rather than behave like an ungracious pastor and how her the steep and thorny way to heaven whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.

What does Ophelia’s response reveal about her?

A

She is a solemn and pious girl who is concerned with morality and correctness of behavior.

B

She is a smart girl who knows her brother well and can joke with him about his indiscretions.

C

She is a simple and agreeable girl who seeks the advice of others to determine her own course of action.

D

She is a troubled girl who shows early signs of madness through her cheeky remarks to her brother.

E

She is a naive girl who knows very little about men and their lusty behaviors.