While initially reading the story, Ophelia represents a character that is typical of the women in the s, one who is too submissive and directed by the people around her. She has the potential to become a tragic heroine -- to overcome the adversities inflicted upon her -- but she instead crumbles into insanity, becoming merely tragic.
Just what you want to hear from your brother, right? In the end, it kills her. The extent to which Hamlet feels betrayed by Gertrude is far more apparent because of Ophelia's presence.
Instead of changing through the course of the play, she remains suffering in the misfortunes perpetrated upon her.
One of William Shakespeare's most famous plays is, Hamlet She is deeply in love with Hamlet and believes his "tenders" to be sincere, but her obedience to both her father and her brother must come first. There job was to stay home, look after the family and complete the housework. But the possibility's there.
She has chosen one, and her choice seals her fate.