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|GR Passive Ophelia
Written by Sari2
(5/22/2003 1:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Passivity, penned by Cheryl
] ] She is a very young woman who has always been very reliant on the guidance of her menfolk: father, brother, and eventually, husband. All of these are ripped away from her in one way or another: ... he contemplates suicide and says no out of fear. She faces death like the babe that she is.
] And passively, too, as she is passive throughout.
Very passive, which makes her a very difficult character to like. Maybe that is one of the keys to her, one of the reasons why people crack is inability take control of the situation (think WW1 soliders in trenches, or 19th-century women forced on "rest cures"). Contrast her with Hamlet, whose "madness" is active, who - despite his dithering - is himself in control all the time manipulating events.
I also think that Ophelia must be psychologically damaged before she goes mad for the whole situation to be credible.
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