Laertes warns her that Hamlet, the heir to the throne of Denmarkdoes not have the freedom to marry whomever he wants. Based on what Ophelia told him, Polonius concludes that he was wrong to forbid Ophelia from seeing Hamlet, and that Hamlet must be mad with love for her.
I hope all will be well. We must be patient; but I cannot choose but weep to think they would lay him i' th' cold ground. My brother shall know of it; and so I thank you for your good counsel.
Good night, sweet ladies. Good night, good night. Summary This monologue has been intercut from a scene in which a mad Ophelia comes to speak with the Queen. The following is a summary and analysis of the scene: Enter Queen, Horatio and a Gentleman: This scene begins in the middle of a conversation.
The first thing we hear is "I will not speak with her" 4. Horatio and a gentleman follow the Queen into the room, trying to get her to change her mind. As the scene progresses, we learn that they must be speaking of Ophelia, who has gone mad and wants to see the Queen. The gentleman Ophelias contribution in hamlet that "Her mood will needs be pitied.
Instead, he tells the Queen it would be a safer to speak to Ophelia, because she has been talking about her father, and "tricks," and she's making people wonder what's going on.
Apparently Horatio has more influence with the Queen than the gentleman does, and she says that Ophelia can come in. Alone for a moment while Horatio and the Gentleman go to get Ophelia, the Queen reveals why she doesn't want to speak to Ophelia.
That is, she feels great guilt, and any little thing can make her think that everything is about to go terribly wrong. We still don't know exactly what makes her feel guilty, but she feels so much guilt that she's afraid that even her efforts to hide it may give her away. The rest of the scene is more interesting if we remember the Queen's fear of Ophelia's madness, and the fact that Ophelia has asked to speak with the Queen.
Random craziness can be quite boring, but Ophelia, though she is indeed crazy, must think that she is delivering some sort of message to the Queen.
When Ophelia enters she asks, "Where is the beauteous majesty of Denmark? In his view, King Hamlet was her "true love," and he could be distinguished from "another one" by the fact that he was handsome and noble, whereas Claudius is an ugly murderer. In Ophelia's song, the question is answered by saying that the "true-love" is a pilgrim on his way to the holy shrine of St.
Then the Queen asks Ophelia what she means, and Ophelia answers with another bit of song, beginning, "He is dead and gone, lady" 4.
Ophelia's father is "dead and gone," but so is King Hamlet, and perhaps Ophelia is singing as one bereft woman to another. As Ophelia is singing of the funeral of the one who is "dead and gone" the King enters, and Ophelia promptly changes a line of the old ballad.
The ballad describes a beautiful, sentimental funeral, in which a pure white shroud covers the body. On the shroud are mounds of flowers, and as the body is lowered into the grave, the flowers are "bewept" by "true-love showers.
Ophelia, however, adds a contradictory "not" to this pretty picture. There could be two connections between Ophelia's "not" and the King. The King got Polonius' funeral over with as quickly and quietly as possible.
And probably the King didn't have much time for tears at his brother's funeral, either, seeing that he was set on marrying his brother's wife. When the King asks Ophelia how she's doing, she answers with a greeting and then a kind of philosophical comment: Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be" 4.
According to legend, a baker's daughter was stingy when Jesus asked her for bread, so she was turned into an owl.
This was a strange transformation, and what Ophelia says seems to indicate that we are all subject to such transformations, because we "know not what we may be. And Ophelia, for another example, was once beloved of both Hamlet and her father.
Now, one has killed the other, and she's crazy. Finally, Ophelia sings a song that she says will say "what it means. But then the song turns darkly cynical. This says, with a pun, that the girl was a virgin when she went in, but not when she came out. Then the girl complains that her valentine promised to marry her if she went to bed with him, and he pulls the old double-standard trick on her.
Sure, he would have married her, if "thou hadst not come to my bed" 4. Why does Ophelia sing this song? Perhaps because it expresses just what her brother told her about Hamlet.Hamlet - The "Real" Tragedy: In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the death of a character becomes a frequent event.
Although many people lose their lives as a result of their own self-centered wrong-doing, there are others whose death are a result of manipulation from the royalty. Hamlet: Ophelia's Death - Free download as Word Doc .doc), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free.
An analysis of Ophelia's death in The Tragedy of Hamlet. Was it suicide?4/4(10). Laertes succeeds in wounding Hamlet, though Hamlet does not die of the poison immediately. First, Laertes is cut by his own sword's blade, and, after revealing to Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the queen's death, he dies from the blade's poison.
Hamlet characterizes women in a way that reflects the Catholic Church's paradigm of women. Women are either good and pure (like the Virgin Mary) or prostitutes (like Mary Magdalene), it is a. Collections for other parts of the world are in progress. We are very interested in hearing your suggestions about expanding this archive with additional regions and productions.
Ophelia's death, though by her own hand, is not the result of a mistake or flaw on her part; she is driven to suicide by Hamlet's actions towards her and her father, Polonius.
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