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Ophelia (character)

Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius, a chief advisor to the new King Claudius[?], in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. She is the sister of Polonius's other child, Laertes and is extremely loyal to her family. Her mother is not mentioned in the play. Ophelia is believed to be around 16-19 years old.

She was also Hamlet's girlfriend. She eventually goes mad and kills herself because Hamlet accidently killed her father Polonius, believing him to be Claudius.

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