Character analysis ophelia ophelia is a difficult role to play because her character like gertrude s is murky part of the difficulty is that shakespeare wrote his female roles for men and there were always limitations on them that restricted and defined the characterizations devised. Characters ophelia ophelias role in the play revolves around her relationships with three men she is the daughter of polonius the sister of laertes and up until the beginning of the plays events she has also been romantically involved with hamlet. Polonius s daughter laertes sister and hamlet s lover along with gertrude ophelia is the only other female character in the play ophelias actions and trajectory are unfortunately defined by the men around herat the start of the play ophelia who has been in a relationship of undetermined seriousness with hamlet for an unspecified amount of time is used as a pawn in her . Hamlet characters descriptions and analysis share flipboard email print table of contents expand hamlet claudius polonius when hamlet kills her father ophelia goes mad and drowns in the river whether this is a suicide is left ambiguous hamlet character analysis death as a theme in hamlet
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