Mary Pipher, author of the book Reviving Ophelia, has made many observations concerning young adolescent girls in our society. She wrote this book in 1994, roughly eleven years ago. Although some of her observations made in the past are not still accurate in today’s world, there are many that are still present in 2005. The primary focus of Pipher’s comments is to explain how young girls are no longer being protected within our society.
Now, we enter the realm of distortion and the incomprehensible as we experience a vortex of ideas, emotions and perception and we are left crippled from being limited as human beings in an immense cosmos. As the child reaches the last stair, complete darkness, asserting that the character is progressing, entering the underworld of fear, oppression and unconsciousness. Now lights from the stage come on, illuminating the faces of the child and the creatures, clarifying it a bit and giving hints to the audience about what this ambiguity is about. Afterwards, as the creatures begin to entrap the child and encircle it, the lights go mad, moving hectically, implying that all this is abstract and we are inhibited to know more as this is a metaphysical process. Then complete darkness again, indicating that it is all complete. Then the lights come out in certain areas of the audience podium, as the creatures break the fourth wall and come closer to the spectators, claiming that they all belong inside them. Darkness arrives again. A faint light shines directly at the child as the audience notices what has happened. The other creatures remain in gloominess. After a very short moment, darkness is set again, indicating that the second sequence is
As I began to read Homer’s The Odyssey, I must admit that I was searching for acts of chaos in the most general form. I was looking for Homer to express his views of chaos vividly and distinctly. However, Homer does something different. He imbeds his imagery of chaos in the journey of Odysseus’s son (Telemachus) to avenge his father by getting rid of his mother’s suitors, and by bringing word of his father’s return back to Ithaca. One chaotic point that stood out to me in Homer’s The odyssey was when Telemachus was expressing his fear of living in his own home because he was afraid his mother’s suitors would kill him “ They are eating us out of house and home, and will kill me someday (184).” This was a chaotic point because during the time
In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, the audience finds a docile, manipulated, scolded, victimized young lady named Ophelia. Ophelia is a foil to Hamlet. Plays have foils to help the audience better understand the more important characters in the play. The character of Ophelia is necessary so that the audience will give Hamlet a chance to get over his madness and follow his heart.
Chaos is an ubiquitous force in nature that can found anywhere and at anytime. A little chaos is the key to keeping society together, but an excessive amount is detrimental to humanity and the ways of the world. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and Oedipus Out of Joint by Jean-Pierre Vernant help us understand Oedipus’s downfall and the devious role chaos plays in the whole affair. Attempting to fight for order in the battle against chaos for authority, his actions serve as an expedient for the pandemonium that develops in his life meanwhile entrapping himself in an inescapable entanglement that he inadvertently inflicts upon himself.
The character of Ophelia is an excellent element of drama used to develop interpretations of Shakespeare’s text. At the beginning of the play, she is happy and in love with Hamlet, who first notices her beauty and then falls in love with her. The development of Ophelia’s madness and the many factors that contributed to her suicide are significant parts of the plot. “Her madness was attributed to the extremity of her emotions, which in such a frail person led to melancholy and eventual breakdown” (Teker, par. 3). The character of Ophelia in Zieffirelli’s version is the personification of a young innocent girl. “Her innocence is mixed with intelligence, keen perception, and erotic awareness” (Teker, par. 13). This Ophelia is a victim
There my father laid, still and pale as if all the life that once consumed him had vanished. His full head of thick, shiny, salt and pepper colored hair was steadily thinning, soon leaving behind nothing but a cold, bare, pasty scalp. The plump and roundness of his stomach had disappeared, leaving it to look as if it never existed to begin with.
Joan Montgomery Byles’s view of Ophelia’s behavior in “Ophelia’s Desperation” and Sandra K. Fischer’s view of Ophelia’s behavior in “Ophelia’s Mad Speeches” contradict each other and present opposing explanations. Byles’s view is that Ophelia is defined by the male roles in her life (i.e. her father, brother, and lover). Fischer’s view is that Ophelia is simply grieving the loss of her father and fails to break the hold of the men in her life. These two analyses present opposing explanations because one author is saying that Ophelia simply cracked because she has lost her father and she just could not handle it and the other is stating that Ophelia went mad and committed suicide because she was tired of
Ophelia, as a person, is essentially formed by the men in her life. This is not a radical idea: it has been embraced by centuries of Shakespeare critics. However, to go slightly deeper, one could consider what exactly the absence of Hamlet, Polonius, and Laertes has on her identity (outside of madness). This scene serves to force her into a new persona, as one without a personality.
Ophelia is a piece of art that was painted by Sir John Everett Millais. It was painted in the Tate Britain, and completed in 1852 (Lewis par. 2). The painting shows a fictional actor from Shakespeare’s theater piece Hamlet. William Shakespeare’s work was a great inspiration for Sir John Everett (Lewis par. 2). The fictional character is called Ophelia. This painting by Sir John has since been celebrated for its uniqueness and attention to detail. John Everett Millais and his colleagues were famously known for painting items sourced from the modern world and literature while at the same time utilizing traditional attires. These artists carried out their work directly from nature. Their
The visual image most popularly associated with William Shakespeare's play Hamlet is that of young Ophelia's body floating in the river after her suicidal drowning as described in Act 4, Scene 7, lines 167-184. Shakespeare's captivating illustration of an unstable young woman finally at rest has been portrayed by several artists because of its beautiful, whimsical narrative. Ophelia's depiction throughout the play personifies not only youthful love, loss, innocence and naïveté, but also the dependent role of women in the time of Shakespeare.
The scene begins with Gertrude talking with a Gentleman and Horatio. The Queen does not wish to talk to Ophelia due to her mental state, but the Gentleman convinces Gertrude to take pity on Ophelia and speak to her. The Gentleman further explains to the others about how Ophelia has been driven mad by her father’s death, since she is irritable and speaks nonsense. After this, the Queen makes a comment to herself about how she feels that she is guilty and sinful. Ophelia then enters the ballroom dressed in all white with no makeup on and starts to sing riddles. These riddles have meanings that the characters present do not seem to understand completely. The first song Ophelia sings is about how to tell the difference between one’s true lover