Analysis Of Ophelia From William Shakespeare 's Hamlet Essay

792 Words Feb 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Epistemology has been questioned by thinkers, investigated by scientists, studied by theologians, and discussed by prominent philosophers. The concept closely intertwines with human life because it encompasses the attainment of truth or knowledge. What is right or wrong and one’s idea of morals are perceived from different viewpoints - whether through the senses, personal experiences, or otherwise – but are reflected in one’s lifestyle. The epistemological threads that are seen in philosophy, theology, and science are not just understandings of the how one knows things but are demonstrated in the lives of those who believe. Because truth influences how one lives and thinks, the major aspects integrated in one’s life such as family, church, academics, and experiences, help contribute to the attainment of truth. Ophelia from William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, exemplifies this understanding in her way of knowing Hamlet’s feelings towards her. Her quest for what is true displays her form of trust in what is important in her life but in contrast to Martin Luther’s explanation of freedom and truth in The Freedom of a Christian, Ophelia’s quest also expresses how such trust can limit one’s agential powers.
In the revenge tragedy, Hamlet, the character, Ophelia, looks to her brother, Laertes, and father, Polonius, for the knowledge of Hamlet’s relation to her. Traditional and unique to the epistemological significance seen in other characters, Ophelia doesn’t use methods of…

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