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Written by Cheryl
(5/19/2003 6:54 p.m.)
The discussion below talks about Ophelia overhearing Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy which then plants the idea of suicide in her mind. Was her death a suicide? I know the church (and the gravediggers) believe Ophelia committed suicide, but I don't find anything in Gertrude's account of her death to indicate it.
There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
She's sitting on a treebranch, making garlands when it breaks, dropping her into the water. Now, is it because she makes no attempt to get out of the water that it is thought to be a suicide? I think she was too mad to even be aware of what was going on, I mean, she's floating in the water singing songs.
Of course, all this begs the question, why, if someone was cloase enough to her to be able to see Ophelia making garlands and falling into the brook, do they not pull her out of the water?!
What do you all think? Accident or suicide?
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