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|GR: Feeling sorry for Ophelia
Written by Cheryl
(5/21/2003 1:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: An Ophelia theory, penned by Laraine
But she is maybe the weakest of Shakespeare's female characters. As a rule, he wrote strong, assertive, wily women. Ophelia is just buffeted by circumstance, one horrible thing after another happening to her. She doesn't act, she reacts - and she did have opportunity to act. Whether she didn't due to fear or timidity or just plain dumbness, I don't know. I think this is why many people, myself included, feel sorry for her but cannot like her.
But, of course you do know the real reason Ophelia is included in the play, don't you? Sex! duh! There has to be some kind of love story in the play, you know. And Claudius and Gertrude don't count, for we know that "You cannot call it love; for at your age The hey-day in the blood is tame" ;-)
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