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Ophelia's Speech

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When her character is first introduced, Ophelia plays a passive daughter and younger sister. She first listens to her brother Laertes warn her about the dangers of falling in love with a man whose only concern is his own agenda. He advises her to view her relationship with Hamlet as “a violet in the youth of primy nature” – quick to bloom and just as quick to die in an unweeded garden. She then listens to her father give essentially the same
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