The Madness Of Ophelia In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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The Madness of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet
In William Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet,” he introduces many thought-provoking characters. One of the most intriguing female characters in the play is Ophelia. Ophelia is a vision of virtue and grace who faces heartbreak and madness. After the death of father and the rejection from Hamlet, she is found singing songs during her time of madness. These songs provide symbolism in the stories told, making the character of Ophelia even deeper and more complex. Ophelia is an intriguing character that encompasses virtue, madness, feminism and sexuality. With evidence to support, Ophelia’s madness is shown throughout Shakespeare’s play until her tragic death.
Act III, Scene I is a very famous scene in the
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Ophelia is very short with her words during this scene and does not give much attention to Hamlet’s jokes or active state. When he speaks with her, she answers with broad phrases such as “ay, my lord” or “no, my lord” (Shakespeare, 97-98). Ophelia is trying to deal with the loss of his love here, however she allows him to lie in her lap and she addresses him as lord showing politeness. The numbness to his words and actions shows a weak mental state, Ophelia has been terribly hurt by his words and does not allow him back into her life as he was before. This is a huge turning point in the play because this shows how badly she has been affected by him. Hamlet can be in her company and act as if their last talk had never occurred. While Ophelia stays shut off and does not allow herself to be as friendly, for fear of feeling love and hurt all over …show more content…
Her obedience to her father was a turning point in their relationship, causing Hamlet to deny his love for her, saying that it never even existed. Ophelia is not expecting this reaction from Hamlet, thus she begins on her journey to madness. Ophelia is quite naïve in the play, thinking that the rejection from Hamlet is all she has to fret about. In fact, Hamlet breaks her heart even more when he murders Polonius. After the death of her father, Ophelia sings songs of death and sex; all of them relating to either her father or Hamlet. She has received copious amounts of damage throughout the play, and this drives her into madness. Then, she commits suicide, which brings up many topics, issues, and concerns. Ophelia will remain a character full of depth and meaning, and the events that led to her madness will continue to be relived through Shakespeare’s play

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