Why Has Ophelia Gone Mad?
This provides an anecdote for him to be only acting mad but to an end. How he denies himself of murdering Claudius at the confessional is a popular example, as well as his trickery to composing a play to weed out said king’s deceitfulness. The strongest example reigns from his antagonizing of Gertrude only to be leveled down by killing of Polonius. This unplanned act frightens him to reconsider his antics. To appear the better but irresponsible person, he blames the moment it on the miscalculations of insanity. Unfortunately, the repercussion drives harder than expected. Hamlet is sent away because he’s out of order, and upon his return blazes all the more wronged and aware as his procrastinated motives had brought on the death of Ophelia. The madness of Ophelia is textual, and resides on two very familiar concepts for a heretic: sex and immaturity. One features the shortcomings of a woman with passion (Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623). The other spotlights how childlike women are, that they deserve guidance at every turn. The result is an appealing, literary example of how the childish women work against their best interest (Kay, Margarita A. 1998).
Now she had an unborn child to deal with. As she attempted to gather the herbs needed to facilitate her abortion she failed here also as it led to her accidental drowning. She was a strong woman who did all she could to help the man she loved. Her failure to help him drove her to madness and ultimately her death.
Kay, Margarita A. Healing with Plants. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1998. Print.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623. The Oxford Shakespeare
Hamlet. Ed. G.R. Hibbard. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998.