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The Character Analysis of Ophelia, from Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Giulia Vintila

on 4 June 2013

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Transcript of The Character Analysis of Ophelia, from Shakespeare's Hamlet

Preet Dhillon, Giulia Vintila, Brian Vuong The Character Analysis of Ophelia Shakespeare's Hamlet Who is Ophelia? Character Relationships Her Role in 'Hamlet' Character Progression Character Sketch Her Madness Her Songs Her Flowers Discussion 3 Daughter of Polonius Sister of Laertes Hamlet's girlfriend 17-19 years old Not royal Ophelia through the Play Act 1 Act 3 Ophelia is sent to help spy on Hamlet Act 2 Act 4 Act 5 dutiful, obedient and respectful to her father, Polonius and brother, Laertes ex-girlfriend of Hamlet verbally abused by Hamlet Ophelia and Hamlet converse; he insults her Ophelia is not introduced each of the flower references used in her song in Act 4 Scene 5 has a meaning THE END Is introduced, talking to her brother Laertes about boys “I shall the effect of this good lesson keep/ As watchmen in my heart. But good my brother,/ Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,/ Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven/ Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,/ Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads/ And recks not his own rede.” Converses with her father about the same topic; Hamlet's recent affection towards her. "I shall obey my lord" Ophelia has died, mysteriously. Rosemary LAERTES Oh, treble woe/ Fall ten times treble on that cursèd head,/ Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense/ Deprived thee of! Hold off the earth awhile/Till I have caught her once more in mine arms./ Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead,/ Till of this flat a mountain you have made,/ T' o'ertop old Pelion or the skyish head/ Of blue Olympus

HAMLET (comes forward)What is he whose grief/ Bears such an emphasis, whose phrase of sorrow/ Conjures the wandering stars, and makes them stand/ Like wonder-wounded hearers? This is I,/ Hamlet the Dane. (leaps into the grave) a symbol for remembrance Pansies a symbol of the thoughts of love Fennel a symbol of flattery She was loved and will be missed Columbine a symbol of infidelity Hamlet's Girlfriend Polonius's Obedient Daughter and an Obedient Spy Laertes's Obedient Sister Rue a symbol of repentance Daisy Goes Crazy! after the death of Polonius a symbol of false promises of love She starts to sing About her father's death and Hamlet Tons of pressure on her Being tricked by Hamlet Death of her father patriarchal pressure OPHELIA (sings) How should I your true love know From another one? By his cockle hat and staff, And his sandal shoon. He is dead and gone, lady, He is dead and gone, At his head a grass-green turf, At his heels a stone. White his shroud as the mountain snow— Larded all with sweet flowers, Which bewept to the ground did not go With true-love showers
Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. Then up he rose, and donned his clothes, And dupped the chamber door. Let in the maid that out a maid Never departed more By Gis and by Saint Charity, Alack, and fie, for shame! Young men will do ’t, if they come to ’t. By Cock, they are to blame. Quoth she, “Before you tumbled me,You promised me to wed.” He answers, “So would I ha' done, by yonder sun, An thou hadst not come to my bed.”
They bore him barefaced on the bier, Hey, non nonny, nonny, hey, nonny, And in his grave rained many a tear. And will he not come again? And will he not come again? No, no, he is dead, Go to thy deathbed. He never will come again. His beard was as white as snow, All flaxen was his poll. He is gone, he is gone, And we cast away moan, God ha' mercy on his soul.— Explanation Are about Hamlet and Polonius Constantly put in stressful situations throughout the play Her brother leaves
her boyfriend rejects her
her father is murdered As the play progresses, she slowly starts dying, almost like a flower
She goes from pure to damaged and stained. Discussion 1 In the beginning of the play, Polonius tells Ophelia to forget about Hamlet.
Is this a key factor in Ophelia's madness? Discussion 2 We noticed that Ophelia sings a lot about flowers, and that they are mentioned many times throughout the play with reference to Ophelia. Why do you think this happens? Do you think that the flowers Ophelia sings about have a double meaning? Is she referring to other characters of the play whilst mentioning the flowers? We find out that at the end of the play that Ophelia goes mad and drowns. However, the audience never finds out if it was suicide or just clumsiness.
What do you think and why? "For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither,/That he, as ’twere by accident, may here/Affront Ophelia./Her father and myself (lawful espials)" OPHELIA
Could beauty, my lord, have better commerce than with honesty?

HAMLET
Ay, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once

OPHELIA
Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so. -always told what to do -has no say for herself -eventually snaps, goes mad -dies; suicide?
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