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Ophelia's Suicide

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Keeping in touch with the theme of suicide and romanticism, Hamlet’s deceased lover, Ophelia commits suicide by drowning in a river. Ophelia’s death is a tragic one, but the queen, Hamlet’s mother presents it in a romantic, elegant manor. The queen describes Ophelia’s death in an idyllic manor “Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide, / And mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up”(Hamlet, IV. VII.)” comparing Ophelia to a mermaid. Ophelia’s suicide seems to be a foil to Hamlet’s wishful ideas of suicide. During Ophelia’s death, according to the Queen, she seems to be quite unaware of her demise “Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds, / As one incapable of her own distress”(Hamlet, IV. VII), while when Hamlet speaks of his suicide
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