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The Love Of Hamlet For Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Love Of Hamlet For Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is without any reservations, one of Shakespeare's most mystifying plays. Although the play has a concise story, it is filled with many uncertainties relating to different issues behind the plot. The reader is left with many uncertainties about the true feelings of prince Hamlet. One question in particular is, did Hamlet really love Ophelia. This dispute can be reinforced either way, however I believe Hamlet was truly in love with Ophelia....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Ophelia Essays]
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Analysis of Ophelia from Hamlet - Analysis of Ophelia from Hamlet Ophelia is gentle, loving and beautiful. She is also obedient to her father and loyal to her family and it is this which draws her into the circle of disaster and leads to her "untimely death". 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. Laertes tells her to beware of Hamlet's interest as it is driven by lust, not love. He also points out the difference in their background and rightly concludes that Hamlet is not in a position, as heir to the throne to choose freely who he will marry....   [tags: Hamlet William Shakespeare Ophelia Essays] 5116 words
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The Role of Ophelia in Hamlet - Nunneries call to mind a life of chastity and spirituality fueled by solitude. By condemning Ophelia to a nunnery in the first act of Scene III, Hamlet is taking from her the opportunity to marry anyone but Christ and the ability to have earthly children. However, had she been removed to a nunnery, Ophelia might have finally found herself free. In a nunnery she would have had no one to serve but Christ and her church; the desires of men cannot be forced upon those whom they cannot reach. But inversely, her insidious feminine wiles would have difficultly wielding her “wantonness” as a weapon against men....   [tags: Character of Ophelia]
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Hamlet and Ophelia’s Madness - The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is one of Shakespeare’s most tragic plays. Most of the characters in this play suffered a heartbreaking death, although, all of the characters faced anger, regret, madness or distress. Madness was a reoccurring theme in this play, two characters portrayed this more than others. Ophelia and Hamlet faced similar fates, with similarities and differences along the way, all to do with their madness. Hamlet and Ophelia were two young people in love and were supposedly driven mad by their relationship and passion for one another....   [tags: shakespeare, literary analysis] 670 words
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Hamlet Needs Horatio and Ophelia - A person cannot truly exist without those people around him, just as a play may not be successful without its supporting characters. Horatio and Ophelia are often disregarded as "supporting actors" within the play. They spend very little time onstage, and when they are their roles seem trivial; however, their true purpose is much greater. The characters of Horatio and Ophelia have two very different functions in the play. Horatio is used as a foil for Hamlet, the person to whom Hamlet can discuss his course of action and act like his true self....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare ] 1339 words
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The Analysis of the Character Ophelia on Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia is the most static character in the play. Instead of changing through the course of the play, she remains suffering in the misfortunes perpetrated upon her. She falls into insanity and dies a tragic death. Ophelia has issues surviving without a male influence, and her downfall is when all the men in her life abandon her. Hamlet’s Ophelia, is a tragic, insane character that cannot exist on her own. In Elizabethan times, Ophelia is restricted as a woman. She is obedient to the commands of the men in her life although she often attempts to do the right thing....   [tags: hamlet, william shakespeare, elizabethan times]
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Hamlet - Ophelia's Identity - Hamlet - Ophelia's Identity There are volumes of critical analyses devoted to William Shakespeare's Hamlet. As the title indicates, Hamlet is the main character of the play, but there are other characters who are also important to the plot. So much attention has been given to Hamlet's antics that characters such as Ophelia remain relatively unexamined. Ophelia is a key figure in the play, and to understand her reactions to the patriarchal society in which she lives through her relationships with the men in her life adds more depth to the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Theme of Madness and Causes: Hamlet and Ophelia - In Shakespeare's Hamlet, there are two characters that display qualities of insanity. Specifically, Hamlet and Ophelia, although they both appear to be mad at times, their downfall (or supposed downfall) is quite different. Ophelia's madness seems complete while Hamlet's is questionable throughout the play. Hamlet's madness comes and goes; Ophelia's does not. Ophelia tells no one that she is "mad"; on the other hand, Hamlet shows everyone about his madness. Hamlet turns his madness on and off depending on the company he keeps....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Hamlet and Ophelia - Hamlet and Ophelia 1. Plays have foils to help the audience understand important characters in the play. Foils are minor characters that have similarities and differences with a more important character in the play. Sometimes the minor character is just there for the character to talk to; this is the basis for being a foil. In the play "Hamlet," [Titles] by William Shakespeare, the character Ophelia is a foil to Hamlet. 2. Similarities are an important part of being a foil. One similarity that Hamlet and Ophelia share are that they both are children of controlling parents....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1396 words
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Analysis of Ophelia's Character in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In the English play Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates deep analytical thought in his writing by the use of character, symbolism, and motifs. Specifically, readers can find these characteristics through analytical reading of the character Ophelia. While initially reading the story, Ophelia represents a character that is typical of the women in the 1600s, one who is too submissive and directed by the people around her. First impressions of Ophelia's character seem much too simplistic- one that is emotionally governed and trivial, in a sense....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 1169 words
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Essay on Hamlet and its Ophelia - Hamlet and its Ophelia         In Shakespeare’s Hamlet there is an innocent young lady who comes to an undeserved and unbecoming end. She is Ophelia, the subject of this essay.   Bryan N. S. Gooch in "Review of The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance, and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare," presents Ophelia as the powerless victim:   Harry Keyishian [. . .] clearly presents in Chapter I, "Victimization and Revenge: Renaissance Voices," a useful survey of the problem, drawing from books on the passions and moving on to consider not only the power of the revenger but the powerlessness of victims, e.g., the Duchess of Gloucester, Ophelia....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet - the Character of Ophelia - Hamlet - the Character of Ophelia        Ophelia is in love with Hamlet, but like so many women, she is at the beck and call of her family first and foremost. Ophelia is not unintelligent, she is simply weak-willed. She doesn't know what she wants, so she lets other people decide for her, namely her father and brother. Hamlet's love letters are at odds with her father's wishes, and, because she is not able to form individual thoughts and opinions, she becomes confused as to what she really wants....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Ophelia and Hamlet in The Tragedy of Hamlet - Ophelia and Hamlet In 1600, William Shakespeare composed what is considered the greatest tragedy of all time, Hamlet, the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark. His masterpiece forever redefined what tragedy should be. Critics have analyzed it word for word for nearly four hundred years, with each generation appreciating Hamlet in its own way. While Hamlet conforms, without a doubt, to Aristotle's definition of a tragedy, one question still lingers. Did Shakespeare intend for the reader or viewer of Hamlet to feel greater sympathy for Hamlet, or for Ophelia, Hamlet's lover....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Shakespeare's Hamlet – Ophelia Discussed - Hamlet – Ophelia Discussed Courtney Lehmann and Lisa S. Starks in "Making Mother Matter: Repression, Revision, and the Stakes of 'Reading Psychoanalysis Into’ Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet" make a statement regarding the effect of Ophelia’s words, even though she was considered mad at the time: Hamlet's own disgust toward the body and sexual behaviour, coupled with Ophelia's erotically-charged songs, did not suddenly become "about" sexuality after Freud. On the contrary, censorship of the play in performance during various historical time periods indicates that the tragedy has always been perceived of as highly erotic, and often dangerously so....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Hamlet's Love for Ophelia - Hamlet's Love for Ophelia      In Hamlet, we are introduced to the complexities of a man who is struggling to murder his uncle while trying to understand his mother's motives. His inner turmoil has left him emotionally unavailable and completely disenchanted with humanity in general.     Hamlet seems to be at his best when he is cruel which could reveal a deeper method for self-medication in which he hurts those he loves most - especially his mother & Ophelia.  However, while we can clearly discern his reasons for rejecting his mother, we are left with a sort of bitterness when it comes to Ophelia.  Why does he treat her so cruelly?       Through the very text in which he scolds her...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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The Tragedy of Ophelia in Hamlet - The Tragedy of Ophelia in Hamlet   Sweet and innocent, faithful and obedient, Ophelia is the truly tragic figure in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. "Her nature invites us to pity her misfortune caused not by any of her own self-initiated deeds or strategies"(Lidz 138). Laertes tells us convincingly how young and vulnerable Ophelia is, (act I. iii.10) likening her budding womanhood's destruction from Hamlet to a process as "the canker galls the infants of the spring,/ Too oft before their buttons be disclosed, /And in the morn and liquid dew of youth / Contagious blastments are most imminent"....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet]
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Essay on the Oppression of Ophelia in Hamlet - Male Oppression of Ophelia in Hamlet   In The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare developed the story of prince Hamlet, and the murder of his father by the king's brother, Claudius. Hamlet reacted to this event with an internal battle that harmed everyone around him. Ophelia was the character most greatly impacted by Hamlet's feigned and real madness - she first lost her father, her sanity, and then her life. Ophelia, obedient, weak-willed, and no feminist role model, deserves the most pity of any character in the play....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet - Shakespeare's Ophelia as Modern Icon - Hamlet - Shakespeare's Ophelia as Modern Icon Shakespeare's Ophelia is not lacking in attention. As one of Shakespeare's most popular female characters she has enjoyed many appellations from the bard. '"Fair Ophelia." "Most beautified Ophelia." "Pretty Ophelia." "Sweet Ophelia." "Dear Ophelia." "Beautiful Ophelia…sweet maid…poor wretch." "Poor Ophelia."' (Vest 1) All of these names for Ophelia can be found in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Since Shakespeare's incarnation of Ophelia many have felt the need to offer their opinions of Ophelia as a character....   [tags: Hamlet essays]
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Essay on the Character of Ophelia in Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia in Hamlet      Ophelia is a beautiful and simple-minded woman, easily molded by the more powerful opinions and desires of others. The thoughts of her father and her brother influenced her the most. The love letters from Hamlet also swayed her opinions and confused her mind. Ophelia wasn't able to realize herself because of all the pressures exerted on her to be something she's not. That weakness of mind and will, which permitted her obedience to her father and thus destroyed her hope for Hamlet's love, finally resulted in her insanity and death....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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The Impact of Ophelia on Hamlet - The Impact of Ophelia on Hamlet        Could the Bard of Avon have created a more innocent and obedient young lady in Hamlet than the victimized Ophelia. I think not. Let us discuss the ups and downs of her life in the play.   Michael Pennington in “Ophelia: Madness Her Only Safe Haven,” describes personality traits of the young lady: This is the woman she might have become – warm, tolerant and imaginative. Instead she becomes jagged, benighted and imaginative. . . .Ophelia is made mad not only by circumstance but by something in herself....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Essay on Frail Ophelia of Hamlet - Frail Ophelia of Hamlet      Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare makes it evident that Ophelia is very unstable. She continuously changes her mind about the way she feels. Laertes and Polonius command her to do things that she does not agree with, but she does them with no argument. Afraid to stand up for herself, she stands back and watches everyone else control her life. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia is treated as a marionette with her strings in the hands of the people around her; however, Kenneth Branagh portrays her as independent and innocent, ignoring Shakespeare's representation of her as feeble-minded through complete male dominance in her thoughts and actions, her indecisiveness,...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet’s Ophelia Explained - Hamlet’s Ophelia Explained       Who is Ophelia psychologically, morally, mentally, physically in Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet. Is she a lackey of her father Polonius. Is she a true girlfriend to the protagonist. These and other questions regarding this victim-heroine will be answered here.   In her essay, “Acts III and IV: Problems of Text and Staging,” Ruth Nevo explains how Ophelia’s treatment of Hamlet causes a negative reaction within the hero:   Whereas it is precisely his total inability to know her [Ophelia], or for that matter himself, that the scene, in this theatrically simpler view, would allow us to perceive as the center of his anguish....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet]
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Gaden of Ophelia: Hamlet - People get gifts all the time; it is a thing of life. Truth be told, gifts carry heavy symbolic weight. For example, the three wise men gave Christ gold for royalty, Frankincense to capture the uniqueness, and myrrh to emphasize value (Rogers). Even though these gifts seem to be given out of joy, they hold much greater meaning: being a great example of how symbolism that is behind gifts. Like the Bible and countless authors before him, William Shakespeare allows gifts to carry symbolic value within his writings, a value that an Elizabethan audience would recognize....   [tags: Shakespeare, Elizabethan theater]
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The Real and Feigned Madness of Hamlet and Ophelia - In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, a kind of madness ultimately infects everyone, leading to an ending in which almost every major character is dead. Two of these maddened characters are Hamlet and Ophelia, who also share a love for each other. But though their irrational behavior is often similar and their fates alike, one is truly mad while the other is not. Both Hamlet and Ophelia act very strangely. Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, insults everyone around him. He tells Ophelia he never loved her, calls her father a fishmonger, and in subtle ways calls his mother a whore and her new husband a murderer....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Destruction of Love Between Hamlet and Ophelia - The Destruction of Love Between Hamlet and Ophelia        Ophelia describes Hamlet as 'the courtier's soldier, scholar's eye, tongue and sword, Th'expectancy and rose of fair state, the glass of fashion and the mould of form, Th'observed of all observers (Act 3 Scene 1) He is the ideal man. But, after his madness and the death of her father she sees him as 'a noble mind o'er thrown!' (Act 3 Scene 1). Ophelia suffers from Hamlet's disillusionment; his attitude to her in Act 3 Scene 1 is hard to explain.  His faith in women was shattered by his mother's marriage and it is also possible that Hamlet knows that Ophelia has been ordered to seek him out- yet how strong could their love...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia in Hamlet      In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the character Ophelia plays an important role in the elaboration of the plot.  In the beginning, she is in a healthy state of mind, in love with Hamlet, yet controlled by her father.  During the play she has several troubling experiences involving Hamlet - causing her to become distressed.  The death of Ophelia's father leaves her mentally unstable and in a state of madness that eventually leads to her own death.             Ophelia and Hamlet's love for each other begins as a very real experience....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Shakespeare’s Exploration of Madness in their Novels - Shakespeare’s Hamlet explores the motif of madness through the portrayal of Prince Hamlet and Ophelia; Shakespeare portrays the madness as originating from King Hamlet and Polonius, the two overbearing fathers within the story. The two fathers can be seen as the catalysts for their children’s madness, whether the madness be feigned or not. Ophelia and Hamlet have in them residing a love that they must hold at bay due to the requests by their separate fathers; one father sends his child on a mission of vengeance that leaves no time for love and the other father fears for his child’s reputation so requests that they stay away from their beloved....   [tags: hamlet, ophelia, polonius, shakespeare]
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Sexuality in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare - “...So long as men can breathe or eyes can see/So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” So ends the famous Sonnet 18, possibly Shakespeare’s best-loved sonnet of all. Shakespeare’s fame today comes almost exclusively for his writing that deals with feelings of love. Sonnet 18. Romeo and Juliet. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hamlet and Ophelia and Antipholus and Luciana and Beatrice and Benedick and Antony and Cleopatra. All these examples of the guy falling in love with the girl and skipping off into the sunset with her....   [tags: hamlet, ophelia, viola]
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Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Ophelia is one of the main characters in the play, Hamlet, as the daughter of the chief counsellor of the king, Polonius, the sister of Laertes and the romantic interest of Hamlet. Ophelia is one of the very few female characters in the play and Ophelia and Queen Gertrude are both used to be contrasted. Ophelia is a loyal character, which the opposite of Queen Gertrude because Gertrude betrayed her husband, King Hamlet, by poisoning him and marrying his brother, now King Claudius. She is a loyal character and the prime example is shown by the way she acts with her father....   [tags: Character Analysis, Play Analysis]
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Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Shakespeare's Hamlet is a tale of mortal revenge, lost souls, love and infidelity, and murder in the royal family. Hamlet, his father having recently died, is mourning the marriage of his mother to his uncle. When his father's ghost appears to him and tells him he must avenge the former king's spirit so that it may pass on to Heaven, he decides to put on an "antic disposition" so that no one will know what he is thinking. As time goes by, he cannot move himself to act upon his revenge and is tormented by his indecisiveness and ineptitude....   [tags: Hamlet William Shakespeare] 1503 words
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Hamlet´s Treatment of Ophelia and Gertrude - ... By setting up this meeting between Ophelia and Hamlet, Polonius has objectified her love in effort to anger Hamlet. This act goes to show that Ophelia allows her love to be used as a method to better understand Hamlet's madness. Ophelia clearly chooses to obey her father over her love for Hamlet. After learning that he was subject to Ophelia's false love, Hamlet becomes very rude in attitude towards her as he feels he has been chested. "Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder/ Of sinners....   [tags: love, absent, misogynist] 1670 words
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Hamlet’s Gentle Ophelia - Hamlet’s Gentle Ophelia         William Shakespeare created a gentle little creature in the character of Ophelia in the tragedy Hamlet. Her strange misfortunes, as well as other circumstances, make her life an interesting one to explore in this essay.   Ward and Trent in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature maintain that Ophelia is interesting in herself, aside from her relationship with the hero:   Of Ophelia, and Polonius, and the queen and all the rest, not to mention Hamlet himself (in whose soul it would be absurd to attempt to discover new points here), after this we need not say anything....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays]
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Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet “Follow her close, give her good watch, I pray you” (IV.5.73). Ostensibly, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the riddling, enigmatic, inscrutable theatrical character par excellence. His motives, madness, conflicting morals and existential struggles are ambiguous to say the least. When analysing his character, Laertes and Fortinbras are often brought in as examples of less extreme characters dealing with similar but more tangible dilemmas. The idea that there may be someone who exceeds Hamlet in instability and incomprehensibility is unfathomable....   [tags: William shakespeare hamlet Essays] 2775 words
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A Comparison of Hamlet’s Gertrude and Ophelia - A Comparison of Hamlet’s Gertrude and Ophelia       Queen Gertrude and Ophelia, the main female characters in Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet, have a variety of personal qualities and experiences in common. This essay, with the help of literary critics, will explore this commonality. In the Introduction to Twentieth Century Interpretations of Hamlet, David Bevington enlightens the reader regarding the similarities between Gertrude and Ophelia as the hero sees them: Yet to Hamlet, Ophelia is no better than another Gertrude: both are tender of heart but submissive to the will of importunate men, and so are forced into uncharacteristic vices....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays Papers]
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia - Hamlet: The Character of Ophelia           Concerning the Ophelia of Shakespeare’s tragic drama Hamlet, is she an innocent type or not. Is she a victim or not. This essay will explore these and other questions related to this character.   Rebecca West in “A Court and World Infected by the Disease of Corruption” viciously, and perhaps unfoundedly, attacks the virginity of Ophelia:   There is no more bizarre aspect of the misreading of Hamlet’s character than the assumption that his relations with Ophelia were innocent and that Ophelia was a correct and timid virgin of exquisite sensibilities....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Hamlet and Othello: Ophelia and Desdemona - Ophelia and Desdemona play the role of the "innocent lady" in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello. The roles of these characters provide a sense of completeness, faithfulness, and obedience to the leading male figures. In both plays, these innocent ladies end up dying. These deaths are both due to a false rejection of love. Othello kills Desdemona because he believes her love is false, and Ophelia dies ultimately because she reads Hamlet's mask of madness as rejection. These deaths exemplify the pattern of harmony turning to chaos in both of these plays, and provide proof of the decay that is spreading to everyone in Venice and Denmark....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 701 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet Compared To Ophelia - Melancholy, grief, and madness have enlarged the works of a great many playwrights, and Shakespeare is not an exception. The mechanical regularities of such emotional maladies as they are presented within Hamlet, not only allow his audience to sympathize with the tragic prince Hamlet, but to provide the very complexities necessary in understanding the tragedy of his, ironically similar, lady Ophelia as well. It is the poor Ophelia who suffers at her lover's discretion because of decisions she was obligated to make....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1260 words
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Ophelia and Hamlet - Ophelia and Hamlet        Norrie Epstein in “One of Destiny’s Casualties” presents her testimony in favor of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet outranking the protagonist in her ability to draw an empathetic reaction from the audience:   It is Ophelia, not Hamlet, who most commands our sympathy. One of destiny’s casualties, she’s swept along by political events just as she is borne by the river at her death. . . .At her first appearance we see an innocent, trusting, and spirited young girl, but by her last scene she is contaminated, mad, and knowing....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Sanity of Ophelia - The Impact of Madness on Ophelia of Hamlet      Without question, the role of madness in Hamlet is as vital to the plot and the play's success as Hamlet himself; neither the character nor the play would be able to function without the driving (although somewhat sluggish) force that madness represents. The connection of one to the other, of character to condition, is so intertwined and entangled that Hamlet has come to symbolize the particular form of madness (i.e. melancholy brought about by a humoral imbalance) with which he is afflicted....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Cause of Ophelia's Insanity - Hamlet: The Cause of Ophelia's Insanity         Shakespeare, through his intricate uses of symbolism and dramatic irony, arranges a brilliantly detailed account of how Hamlet's mental upheaval served as the driving force of Ophelia's  swelling insanity  and imminent suicide.  He floods the early acts with an impending sense of confusion within Ophelia, for her feelings toward hamlet greatly contrast those of her brother and father.  Ophelia begins to willingly take heed of her family's advice as the prince finds himself removed from a lucid pattern of thought....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 833 words
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Ophelia in Shakespeare´s Hamlet - Overall Meaning and Significance of the scene: Ophelia was driven mad by the death of her father Polonius and how Hamlet betrayed her love with his own wave of madness which was just an act. In her madness, Ophelia talks about her father and his death and about the “Tricks in the world” (terrible things that happen to people). Ophelia’s madness was also the extent of her being used by her father so he could spy on Hamlet to see if he was truly crazy and then by Hamlet when he claimed he no longer loved her and that he didn’t send her any letters (remembrances)....   [tags: characterization, effects, setting, decision] 819 words
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare Analysis - I Corinthians 13:4-7, says that “love is patient, love is kind…It does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered …it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” True love would never violate any of these truths. Yet, some would like to believe that in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Hamlet truly loved Ophelia and only pretended to view her as a trifle. However, how can Hamlet truly have admired Ophelia if he treated her with such disgrace and nonchalance....   [tags: love is kind, ophelia, polonius, hamlet]
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The Tragedy of Lady Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Tragedy of Lady Ophelia of Hamlet Melancholy, grief, and madness pervade Shakespeare's great tragedy, Hamlet.  The emotional maladies presented within Hamlet, not only allow the audience to sympathize with prince Hamlet, but also with the tragic lady Ophelia as well.  It is Ophelia who suffers at her lover's discretion because of decisions she was obligated to make on behalf of her weak societal position.  Hamlet provides his own self-torture and does fall victim to melancholia and grief - his madness is feigned.  They each share a common connection: the loss of a parental figure.  Hamlet loses his father as a result of a horrible murder, as does Ophelia.  Her situation is more seve...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Free Ophelia Essays - Alone in Hamlet - Ophelia - All alone in Hamlet Within Ophelia's head spins many thoughts after the death of her father. She is inevitably suffering from a nervous breakdown at the hand of her once suitor Hamlet. Ophelia is now alone without, her brother Laertes, Hamlet, her father Polonius, or even a female role model to help her through this time of sadness. During the scene, she struggles with reality and fiction. Is what she saying all lost thoughts about her head, or do they make sense, perfect senses to the outcome of the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 1219 words
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Interpreting Hamlet’s Ophelia - Interpreting Hamlet’s Ophelia Was Ophelia in love with Hamlet, or did she have more feeling for her father than for her boyfriend. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet was Ophelia’s madness contributed to by the prince’s rejection of her. The answers to these and other questions about this tragic figure will be given. Rebecca West in “A Court and World Infected by the Disease of Corruption” argues that Ophelia has no love for Hamlet, but only for her father: For the myth which has been built round Hamlet is never more perverse than when it pretends that Ophelia went mad for love and killed herself....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia in Hamlet      Of all the pivotal characters in Hamlet, Ophelia is the most static and one-dimensional. 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. This is because Ophelia herself is not as important as her representation of the duel nature of women in the play. Ophelia serves a distinct purpose: to show at once Hamlet's warped view of women as callous sexual predators, and the innocence and virtue of women....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Impact of Ophelia on Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Impact of Ophelia on Hamlet      Michael Pennington in “Ophelia: Madness Her Only Safe Haven,” elucidates the character of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet:   This is the woman she might have become – warm, tolerant and imaginative. Instead she becomes jagged, benighted and imaginative. . . .Ophelia is made mad not only by circumstance but by something in herself. A personality forced into such deep hiding that it has seemed almost vacant, has all the time been so painfully open to impressions that they now usurp her reflexes and take possession of her....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Gunnar Boklund in “Hamlet” performs a partial-analysis on the character of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet: The only character who is presented almost entirely as a victim is Ophelia, a victim of the King’s fear and curiosity, her father’s servility and fundamental indifference to her, Hamlet’s misunderstanding of the situation and brutal treatment of her, and finally his fatal thrust through the arras in the closet scene. Her madness is, as I see it, a purely pathetic element in the play....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius, the right hand man of the King. Although she is only in five scenes Ophelia plays an interesting role in this play as the seemingly passive, melancholy, innocent 'little girl' whose story ends in tragedy. From the beginning Ophelia is an obedient character who has real trouble thinking for herself. This could be seen as one of the reasons for her eventual downfall, due to her inability to analyse a strange, complicated pattern of events....   [tags: Papers] 1323 words
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Essay on Ophelia - The Innocent Victim in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Ophelia - The Innocent Victim in Shakespeare's Hamlet        Poor Ophelia, she lost her lover, her father, her mind, and, posthumously, her brother. Ophelia is the only truly innocent victim in Hamlet. This essay will examine Ophelia's downward spiral from a chaste maiden to nervous wreck.      From the beginning of the play, in Act I Scene iii, Laertes and Polonius are trying to convince her that Hamlet does not love her and only is interested in her so he can sleep with her. Laertes says "Perhaps he loves you now, .........   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Ophelia as a Foil to Shakespeare's Hamlet - Ophelia as a Foil to Hamlet           In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, the audience finds a docile, manipulated, scolded, victimized young lady named Ophelia. Ophelia is a foil to Hamlet. Plays have foils to help the audience better understand the more important characters in the play.  The character of Ophelia is necessary so that the audience will give Hamlet a chance to get over his madness and follow his heart.         Similarities are an important part of being a foil. One similarity that Hamlet and Ophelia share are that they both are children of controlling parents....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Maidenhood of Ophelia in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - The Maidenhood of Ophelia in Hamlet by William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the character of Ophelia is masqueraded as a demure, innocent, adolescent girl. However, the behavior disguised by this façade is much more interesting than we are led to believe. Throughout Hamlet, Ophelia is the target of numerous sexual innuendoes and later the confessor of her own sexual experience. When these occurrences become apparent, Ophelia no longer holds the virginal qualities we were once led to believe she possessed....   [tags: Papers] 585 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia - Hamlet -- Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia       Gertrude and Ophelia occupy the leading roles for females in the Shakespearean drama Hamlet. As women they share many things in common: attitudes from others, shallow or simple minds and outlooks, etc. This essay will delve into what they have in common. The protagonist’s negative attitude toward both women is an obvious starting point. John Dover Wilson explains in What Happens in Hamlet how the prince holds both of the women in disgust: The difficulty is not that, having once loved Ophelia, Hamlet ceases to do so....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Custom Essays: Hamlet as an Accessory to Ophelia's Suicide - Hamlet as an Accessory to Ophelia's Suicide           William Shakespeare's character of Ophelia in Hamlet, suffers greatly, from the time she learns of her father Polonius' death, until her own mysterious death.  In Hamlet, Gertrude, Horatio and Claudius refer to her state, and conclude that she is crazy1[1].  Though there is some truth to their claim, Shakespeare created Ophelia as an overly- dramatic character, who is somewhat exaggerating her emotions to give an impression of madness.  Although their impression of Ophelia can be supported, evidence is not shown as much in her words, as it is shown in her actions.  Ophelia's songs seem like riddles and nonsense2[2], yet they are simil...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Custom Written Essays: A Comparison of Hamlet's Gertrude and Ophelia - A Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia of Hamlet       Gertrude and Ophelia occupy the leading roles for females in the Shakespearean drama Hamlet. As women they share many things in common: attitudes from others, shallow or simple minds and outlooks, etc. This essay will delve into the various facets of what they hold in common.   John Dover Wilson explains in What Happens in Hamlet how the prince holds both of the women in disgust:   The exclamation “Frailty thy name is woman!” in the first soliloquy, we come to feel later, embraces Ophelia as well as Gertrude, while in the bedroom scene he as good as taxes his mother with destroying his capacity for affection, when he accuses her o...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Hamlet Essay: Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia - Hamlet – a Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia       Even though at opposite ends of the courtly society in the halls of Elsinore, the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet have much in common. This essay intends to explore that commonality.   Howard Felperin in his essay “O’erdoing Termagant” illustrates one point of similarity between these two female characters – they are both recipients of Hamlet’s ill-will. Here he describes Hamlet’s verbal attack on Gertrude in the closet scene:   Even Gertrude vaguely perceives that Hamlet’s speech is inspired more by ancient texts than by any immediate situation: “Ay me, what act, / That roars so loud and thunders in the...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing Gertrude and Ophelia of Shakespeare's Hamlet - A Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia in Hamlet          The Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet features two female characters in main roles, Ophelia and Gertrude. They are similar in a surprising number of ways. This essay proposes to elucidate the reader on their likeness or similarity.   It is quite obvious that both Gertrude and Ophelia are both motivated by love and a desire for quiet familial harmony among the members of their society in Elsinore. Out of love for her son does Gertrude advise:   Dear Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Ophelia's Descent to Madness in Shakespeare’s Hamlet - ... In the beginning of the play, Ophelia was like any other obedient young woman during the time. In Understanding Hamlet, Richard Corum shows that Ophelia is obedient. He writes, "Though Hamlet has been courting her, Ophelia willingly obeys her father when he tells her to discourage the prince's advances" (Corum 26). Ophelia obeys her father's demands because it was expected during that time of women to comply with men's wishes. In Hamlet, Ophelia disregards her own feelings towards Hamlet. Ophelia does as she is told: POL....   [tags: identity, feelings, authority]
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Comparing Gertrude and Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Gertrude and Ophelia of Hamlet                                          Queen Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, is in some ways the epicentre around which Hamlet's emotions revolve. Her role is difficult to determine; she can be seen, like Desdemona, as the passive victim of male ambition and strife, or she can be placed amongst the likes of Lady Macbeth as privy to her husband's misdeeds, and as sharing his guilt to an equal, if not greater extent. Her attitude to Ophelia seems positive ('Scattering flowers....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 908 words
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The Role of Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Role of Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Although Ophelia is not a main character in the revenge tragedy 'Hamlet' her dramatic purpose is vital to the play. It emphasizes the poisoned body politic and its affects on the innocent. The role of women in the sixteenth century is to be obedient and dutiful, the only way to accomplish this was to be passive. Women in the sixteenth century were meant to be obedient to their fathers, for they were their property until such a time came when she was married, it would then be her husband to whom her duties lied....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Essays]
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Custom Term Papers: Hamlet’s Heroine, Ophelia - Hamlet’s Heroine, Ophelia In Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet there is, technically, no heroine. But the female character who comes closest to qualifying for the role is not Gertrude, whose sinful past precludes this, but rather Ophelia, the “universal victim” of the drama. She is truly a good, upright person although she is victimized by her father, brother and boyfriend. Harry Levin, in the General Introduction to The Riverside Shakespeare, elaborates on the special kind of prose which the dramatist uses with Ophelia when she suffers her madness: Though there is no invariable rule, the comic scenes are frequently in prose, whereas the tragic scenes are usually in verse....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Feminist Literary Theory Writing Assignment - Ophelia’s character is important in observing the true temperament of the male and female characters, as well as the lack of feminism in the Elizabethan Era. Not only does she experience immense inequality, but is generally ignored in most circumstances. Her feelings are completely disregarded the majority of the play, and she is rarely ever able to speak for herself, express her opinions, or act on her own reasoning. In Hamlet, Ophelia’s obedience to her father and brother, along with her dismissal by Hamlet, reveals that women were not allowed to assert their opinions, emotions, or desires in a courtly setting....   [tags: Ophelia, Hamlet, Shakespeare, Elizabethan Era]
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Ophelia as a Sexual Woman in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Ophelia as a Sexual Woman in Shakespeare's Hamlet In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, it is possible for the audience or reader to come to view Ophelia as an innocent victim trapped in the most tragic circumstances. She was an obedient and loving daughter to her father Polonius. Ophelia obeyed him, when he ordered her to stop seeing Hamlet, her love, and even when she was asked to betray her love, acting as a decoy to allow the King and Polonius to discover the source of Hamlet's grief. Her naive nature is evident in this love that she has for Hamlet, even though he promised to marry her, took her virginity, mistreated her, and finally left her....   [tags: Papers] 1215 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay: Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia - Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia within Hamlet      Shakespeare developed 126 female characters in his dramas. In his tragedy Hamlet there are Ophelia and Gertrude. This essay will explore the similarities or commonality of these two characters.   One obvious feature which both Ophelia and Gertrude have in common is that they are both recipients of Hamlet’s ill-will. T.S. Elliot in his essay, “Hamlet and His Problems” explains how Gertrude is the object of the protagonist’s disgust:   Hamlet is up against the difficulty that his disgust is occasioned by his mother, but that his mother is not an adequate equivalent for it; his disgust envelops and exceeds her....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Essay Contrasing Gertrude and Ophelia of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Contrast of Gertrude and Ophelia in Hamlet         Queen Gertrude and Ophelia, the main female characters in Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy Hamlet, have a variety of contrasting or dissimilar personal qualities and experiences. This essay, with the help of literary critics, will explore these differences.   John Dover Wilson in his book, What Happens in Hamlet, discusses what is perhaps the greatest dissimilarity between Ophelia and Gertrude – their morality:   His [Hamlet’s] mother is a criminal, has been guilty of a sin which blots out the stars for him, makes life a bestial thing, and even infects his very blood....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Innocence of Gertrude and Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Innocence of Gertrude and Ophelia “Pretty Ophelia,” as Claudius calls her, is the most innocent victim of Hamlet’s revenge in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Hamlet has fallen in love with Ophelia after the death of his father. Ophelia “sucked the honey of his music vows” and returned Hamlet’s affection. But when her father had challenged Hamlet’s true intentions, Ophelia could only say: “I do not know, my lord, what I should think.” Ophelia was used to relying on her father’s directions and she was also brought up to be obedient....   [tags: essays research papers] 719 words
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Hamlet - Comparing the Dissimilar Characters of Gertrude and Ophelia - Hamlet -- the Dissimilar Characters of Gertrude and Ophelia          In Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet it is much less challenging to illustrate the lack of resemblance between Gertrude and Ophelia than it is to indicate the similarities between the two ladies.   The biggest difference between the two is the moral difference. Who can deny that the Queen has done some very serious sinning. Who can deny that Ophelia is a shy, obedient, innocent daughter. Lilly B. Campbell comments in “Grief That Leads to Tragedy” on Queen Gertrude’s sinful state:   Shakespeare’s picture of the Queen is explained to us by Hamlet’s speech to her in her closet....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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