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Ryen Staggers

on 29 October 2013

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Transcript of Ophelia

In each scene where your character appears, what is his or her motivation and objective? In other words, what does he or she really want? (Sometimes this will be difficult or impossible to determine.
It appears as if Ophelia wants who have taken advantage of her to feel guilty. She's never exactly had a strong sense of self but when individuals are unable to visualize a future, they crack.
What new information did you learn about your character in Act 4 that would help an actor or actress understand him or her?
In Act 4 we learn that Ophelia was very dependent on her father, and when he is killed, she can't deal with her grief. She doesn't know what to do with herself, which causes to go insane.
"He is dead and gone, lady,
He is dead and gone,
At his head a grass-green turf,
At his heels a stone"

"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,-There's a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they withered all when father died. They say he made a good end (sings) For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy."
How does your character feel about the events in Act 4? about Hamlet?
What do other characters say about your characters and how do they react to him or her? How does your character feel about other characters?
Many underestimate Ophelia's understanding of the world though rightfully so. She's treated as a fragile child that can easily be broken. Ophelia views the intentions of others positively (burning Hamlet) when in actually she's being used.
Ophelia's feelings can be seen by her songs. Her first song , "How should I your true love know," is about the absence of a lover, Hamlet. Her third song, "Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day," is about a woman who sleeps with a man who promises to marry then doesn't.
These songs give a deep insight of Ophelia's feelings towards others. Though, it seems as if those listening don't seem to catch on.
How does your character affect the events of each scene in which he or she appears? How is he or she affected by the events of each scene in which he or she appears
She freaks Laertes out by making him feel guilty. She also makes him even more upset at Hamlet. She ends up committing suicide.
How is your character important to this act? In other words, do you learn something new about the plot through him or her? Do you gain any insights about Hamlet by comparing/contrasting him to your character?
Ophelia isn't really important at all. Ophelia is more of a sidebar conversation. When Ophelia dies nothing changes at all; Claudius's plan to kill Hamlet doesn't change; Hamlet's revenge isn't altered either. Throughout Act 4 Ophelia is actually helpful. In Ophelia's disillusion she reveals her true feelings for Hamlet and "relations" with Hamlet.
What questions are raised by your character's words and/or behavior in this act?
Why is she speaking more about Hamlet and practically ignoring her father's death
Was it a combination of everything that went on that caused her to go crazy ?
Was her death an accident or suicide?
"When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook
And mermaid-like a while they bore her up"
What questions that you've previously had are answered by your character's words and/or behavior in this act?
What are Ophelia's true thoughts about her and Hamlet's relationship?
How far can she be pushed until she will crack?
What are her thoughts about Claudius and Gertrude?
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