How can she be obedient to her father and true to her love?
Ophelia's desperation literally drives her crazy, and she has no means with which to heal herself. What Hamlet presents in an exploration and discussion without a true resolution.
Laertes lectures Ophelia against getting 4 involved with Hamlet. She can also be seen as a weak and characterless as she is a 3 victim of circumstance and is poisoned in the end of the play.
His acting mad seems to cause Hamlet to lose his grip on reality. She is believed to have killed herself out of madness by drowning herself in a river.
Gertrude gives no objections to this even though she would know the effect it may have on Ophelia. To her father and brother, Ophelia is the eternal virgin, the vessel of morality whose purpose is to be a dutiful wife and steadfast mother.
Many questions emerge as the text progresses. She is a young noblewoman of Denmark, the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, and sweetheart of Prince Hamlet. These works come from a wide variety of time periods, they range from the middle ages to the modern era, where the first was published around years before the last.
He warns her that Hamlet does not have his free will as he is the heir of Denmark so does not have freedom to marry whomever he wants. The death of both women also indicates a social commentary.