Ophelia Essay Examples

Examine Hamlet’s Relationship with Gertrude

At the beginning of the play, during Hamlet’s first soliloquy, Hamlet contemplates suicide because he is so furious with his mother for marrying Claudius within a month of his father’s death. This is when Hamlet comments, ‘frailty thy name is woman’ to express his bitter feelings towards his mother for not only the speed of… View Article

Compare and contrast the approaches of Hamlet and Laertes to revenge

“… By the image of my cause, I see / The portraiture of his. ” Compare and contrast the approaches of Hamlet and Laertes to revenge. Hamlet is the son of the late king Hamlet and is grieving over his father’s unexpected death. Both Laertes and Hamlet are avengers, avenging their fathers’ murders. He also… View Article

How does Shakespeare present Ophelia

In “Hamlet” Shakespeare presents Ophelia as a helpless girl, who is continually manipulated by the men around her for their own gain. In many of his other plays the women are presented as strong and admirable people who play major roles in the live of the protagonist, such as Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth. ” In… View Article

Love after all

In William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, Ophelia, the daughter of the King’s councilor is not allowed to love prince Hamlet. Princes are not free to marry ladies of the court and both Ophelia’s brother and father would not allow her to love him. She followed her father’s instruction and did not pursue a relationship with Hamlet. Ophelia… View Article

Review of Hamlet, performed in the lowry, salford quays

On Wednesday 3rd of November, the A-level drama groups from Queens Park High School went to see a version of Hamlet performed in the Salford Quays Lowry theatre. Directed by Japanese Yukio Ninagawa, he has added Japanese influences into the traditional Shakespearean tragedy. The design of the set used artistic impressionism: The barbed wire represented… View Article

Shakespeare skilfully weaves political

“Shakespeare’s aim in Act 1 is to establish Hamlet firmly as the pivotal character in the play” What do you see as the importance of Act 1? Shakespeare does use Act 1 to introduce some important political and personal issues and themes to the audience. It is important that these are established in the first… View Article

How far, and in what ways, do you agree that the story

‘Hamlet’ is a revenge tragedy; a genre originally developed by plays such as ‘The Spanish Tragedy’ by Thomas Kyd from 1585-1590. The genre is characterized by the inclusion of death, murder, betrayal, madness, poison, surveillance and the supernatural in the narrative – themes that all frequently occur in ‘Hamlet’. However to what extent does the… View Article

Consider Laertes’s contribution to the theme of revenge

Of the various parallels between Hamlet and Laertes is one of the most telling. From the beginning of the play we see the two in comparable situations, each young men of the court, each seeking university, each spied on by Polonius, each (it would appear) loving Ophelia, in different ways. Therefore, when Laertes finds himself… View Article

With particular reference to the language of the play

Shakespeare’s Hamlet belongs to a genre of plays known as Revenge -Tragedies popular in Elizabethan England, it shows how Hamlet’s life is transformed when his father is murdered, and in the first three acts the audience sees how his revenge develops towards the three most important people in his life: Gertrude, his mother; Claudius, his… View Article

How does Shakespeare present suicide in Hamlet?

Among all of the themes in Hamlet, morality, aswell as suicide cause an abundance of questions to be considered as the drama unfolds. At the present date suicide is looked upon with immense sympathy, considering what may have led the person to their downfall in life. However, beforehand in Elizabethan England, committing suicide was a… View Article

Gertrude and Ophelia

Shakespeare’s characterization of Gertrude and Ophelia in Hamlet is paradoxical as it challenges as well as complements the contemporary social traditions and norms. Gertrude is the best example of this paradox that is manifested through her extraordinary supremacy over all the major characters of Hamlet, her influence in the court matters and state affairs and… View Article