The Madness Of Shakespeare 's Hamlet Essay

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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 play. This is when Hamlet denies that he ever loved Ophelia, thus causing her mental stability to begin to waver. Hamlet has come to distrust all females because of his mother and her unfaithfulness to her dead husband. Ophelia here is viewed as all other women, she is no longer his love interest but his temptation; an evil object to stay away from. “Get thee to a nunnery,” is one of the most well-known lines that Hamlet throws at Ophelia during his rage (Shakespeare, 91). Ophelia shows no immediate offense taken by these words but rather she dramatically calls out to beyond; “O, help him, you sweet heavens!” which shows her religious and innocent character to the audience (Shakespeare, 91). After Hamlet exits the scene, Ophelia gives…

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