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This essay is more abstract than the average character analysis it probably wouldnt fly in most classrooms But I wrote this for an Advanced Placement Language and Composition class and that of course was what the prof was looking for the language it has its good points O rose of May Sweet Ophelia As Sweet Ophelia indeed she is a mere wisp of a girl an apparition a reflection a waif a dream a dream a dream Poof And then gone How now Ophelia Her role is tenuous enough the troubled Hamlets starry love interest who upon discovering his rejection spawned of false madness and his murder of her father goes quite insane and drowns herself There is more to this role of course as there so often is Such questions and questions was lovely Ophelia Hamlets divine inspiration His muse His one true love Sources point to no yes But was she in fact so impossibly feeble that at the mere hint of a rebuff would go mad at the pansies and throw herself into the babbling stream Why of course not For much of the Hamlet when we see Ophelia we also see another male character who attempts and more often succeeds at changing her most precious of self-interests and mannerisms Controlling her every mood Whether it be Hamlet or Laertes or Polonius Ophelia is most often seen as the submissive and obedient female serving to play up the over-powering character traits of the largely pivotal male players Even at her death her essential everything Hamlet comes out on top I loved Ophelia forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum One weighs his action against his words and finds in them very little worth Even the language of his letters to Ophelia II ii seems contrived Doubt thou the stars are fire doubt that the sun doth move doubt truth to
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