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|GR: Ophelia's function to Hamlet
Written by Stacie M.
(5/20/2003 11:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Ophelia's function, penned by Line
That's interesting; I think you're right. Hamlet is so obsessed with avenging his father, he's left all normalcy, and sanity, behind. Ophelia is the one symbol of life, amid all the death around him. Maybe that's why he's so outright mean to her near the beginning; he's rejecting her, just like he rejects life, in order to plunge headlong into his obsession with death. I couldn't really otherwise account for why Hamlet was so cruel to her in his "get thee to a nunnery" speech. Does anyone know or have a theory?
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