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Comparison between Hamlet's and Ophelia's madness

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Caren Chen

on 20 July 2015

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Transcript of Comparison between Hamlet's and Ophelia's madness

Polonius & Ophelia
Polonius' death
Ophelia's death
Queen's death
Laertes' death
Claudius' death
You must not take for fire. From this time, daughter,/ Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence
(Act 1, scene 3, 120-121)
Do not believe his vows
(Act 1, scene 3, 127)
The betrayal of his mother
The marriage between his mom and his uncle
Father's death
The ghost tells him about deed
The betrayal of Ophelia and Hamlet's friends (R & G)
Spy on Hamlet
Ophelia's Madness-Example#1:
Ophelia's Madness-Example#2
Hamlet killed Ophelia's father
Ophelia gives meaningful flowers to each character.
Group Opinion
Hamlet causes greater destruction:
His madness has greater influence deal to his higher social status (reputation as a prince)
Hamlet's madness — the direct cause of the tragety through out the play
Hamlet killed a lot of people which cause many destruction, however Ophelia did not directly caused the death of others
Hamlet influences Ophelia which cause her madness
Comparison Between Hamlet's & Ophelia's Madness
Hamlet insulting Ophelia:

Hamlet's violent behavior toward her father:
Question #1
Imagine if Hamlet and Ophelia married at the beginning of the play, can you think of a different ending compared to the Shakespeare version? Be creative!
Question# 2
If you are Hamlet, what will you think about yourself after killing so many people?
Question# 3
Question #5
How do you think Hamlet felt about Ophelia after he killed Polonius in Act 3, scene 4?
Question# 6
Question #4
Question #7
Imagine if you are Hamlet, your mother married your uncle who has killed your father. What reactions will you take as in the modern century?
Question #8
Causes of Hamlet's Madness
That it should come to this!/But two months dead! nay, not so much, not two
(Act 1, scene ii, 137-138)
O God! a beast that wants discourse of reason/Would have mourn'd longer,—married with mine uncle,/My father's brother
(Act 1, scene ii, 150-152)
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
So uncle, there you are.
(Act 1, scene 5, 107-111)
When Ophelia tries to return some love token Hamlet gave her earlier, Hamlet replies by insulting Ophelia
Hamlet insulting Ophelia
"God has given you one face and you make yourselves another. " ---show's Hamlet's hatred towards Ophelia as a double-faced person
Hamlet shows his madness to Ophelia by saying that why would she want to give birth of more sinners( Get thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? )
indirectly saying that she is not a good person, and that she should never be married-thus becoming the mother of someone
 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.—
And of all Christian souls, I pray God. God be wi' ye.(Act VI,scene V, 187-196)
Hamlet's violent behavior towards Ophelia's father:
Ophelia was very close with her father
Hamlet unknowingly killed Ophelia's father without any sorrow
struggles with the death of her father
disappoited with Hamlet
Ophelia's Madness
Example #4:
Ophelia's abnormal behavior:
There’s fennel for you, and columbines.—There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me. We may call it “herb of grace” o' Sundays.—Oh, you must wear your rue with a difference.—There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died. They say he made a good end For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy—
Ophelia's abnormal behavior:
Ophelia is the one who can see the truth
reminds the tragic flaw of each character
her Father, brother, and boyfriend surrounded her whole life
telling her what to do, rather than let her to make the decision (stressful life)
" being craziness ---as one incapable of her own distress"
(Act VI, scene V,172-183)
I have heard of your paintings too, well enough. God has given you one face and you make yourselves another. You jig and amble, and you lisp, you nickname God’s creatures and make your wantonness your ignorance. Go to, I’ll no more on ’t. It hath made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages. Those that are married already, all but one, shall live. The rest shall keep as they are. To a nunnery, go.
(Act III, scene i,142-151)
I shall obey, my lord.
(Act 1, scene iii, 136)
Ophelia's Madness Example #3:
Ophelia was tricked by Hamlet, lost her virgin
Hamlet's untrustworthy promise towards Ophelia:
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.”
(Act IV, scene V, 57-60)
Hamlet's untrustworthy promise towards Ophelia:
pressure with having sex before marrying with someone
sings about how she was tricked into losing her virginity
with Hamlet's false promise of marriage
mad with Hamlet's untrustworthy behavior
Hamlet broke his promises
What is Ophelia's purpose of giving meaningful flowers to each character? What do the flowers represent?
Quote:"When down her weedy trophies and herself Fell in the weeping brook."
What does the writter wants to show when Ophelia felt into the gurgling brook with her
at the end of her life?
Why does Hamlet take such a long time to avenge his father's murder?
Which of the characters in Hamlet are true to themselves?
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