Essay on Hamlet and its Ophelia

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Hamlet and its Ophelia In Shakespeare’s Hamlet there is an innocent young lady who comes to an undeserved and unbecoming end. She is Ophelia, the subject of this essay. Bryan N. S. Gooch in "Review of The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance, and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare," presents Ophelia as the powerless victim: Harry Keyishian [. . .] clearly presents in Chapter I, "Victimization and Revenge: Renaissance Voices," a useful survey of the problem, drawing from books on the passions and moving on to consider not only the power of the revenger but the powerlessness of victims, e.g., the Duchess of Gloucester, Ophelia. . . . (1). Helena Faucit (Lady Martin) in On Some of…show more content…
He dismisses Hamlet’s overtures as “Affection, puh!” Polonius considers Ophelia a “green girl,” incapable of recognizing true love: “These blazes . . . you must not take for fire.” He gets her assurance that she will not talk with Hamlet anymore. Ophelia shows herself to be pliable and obedient to family members. Grace Latham, in her critical essay “O Poor Ophelia,” comments on the sheltered existence of the young Ophelia: It has been suggested that Ophelia was put out to nurse, and passed her childhood in a farmhouse; but not only is there no line in Hamlet to warrant our adoption of such a theory, but the girl herself lacks the healthy practical tone of mind, the self-reliance in little things, which a rough open-air rearing would have given her. It is more probable that she grew up under Polonius’ own eye, and that with the same want of perception of character which distinguishes him in his dealings with Hamlet, while he pushed forward his independent son, he kept his gentle, timid daughter under stern control at home. (165) After the ghost’s revelation to Hamlet, Ophelia is the first to witness the hero’s “antic disposition.” And immediately she goes to her father, Polonius, to explain how she is “so affrighted” as a result of Hamlet’s visit: My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all
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