scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,478
Polly Birtwistle English Coursework Draft An Exploration into the character of Ophelia In this essay I am going to explore the character of Ophelia Even though Ophelia is not the central character in the play Hamlet she is still an important one and I am going to investigate her character and personality I will look at her relationship with Hamlet in detail but also the relationship she has with Laertes and Polonius Her madness will also be analysed and her death To do this I will examine the form structure and language used in the play I will also study the literary devices used within the text such as alliteration metaphors and similes Shakespeare in the portrayal of Ophelia shows how men in a strong patriarchal society controlled women in the 1600s The influence of men in Ophelias life is evident throughout by the relationships with men in her life It is interesting to note that Ophelias first scene is in a very domestic setting Her brother Laertes is stressing to Ophelia the fickleness of young love Keep within the rear of your affection showing mens attitudes towards women in the period by assuming that Ophelia cannot think for herself Ophelia is obviously uncertain or doubtful about Laertes argument but she is still in awe of him so she answers monosyllabically No more but so This shows that he has control over her and he can influence her thoughts even if she doesnt agree with him She has a small ration of dialogue compared to Laertes grand lecture suggesting the overpowering control that he has over his sister Ophelia is consciously given few lines of ordinary dialogue by Shakespeare Even at the end of the play she is more of an emblematic figure than a material one Laertes speaks in a very verbose manner and even begins to sound arrogant and hypercritical Ophelias brief questions to Laertes are neutral in tone but her obedience
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA