The image of Ophelia as one of the best examples of Shakespeare’s dramatic skill of is taken from the legend about the girl who drowned in the river. The very death of Ophelia has caused controversy about whether it was suicide or disastrous occurrence. Whether she decided to leave the mortal world by herself or just stumbled, falling into the dark river waters – in any case, this is how Ophelia had gone from sorrow and anguish to which she was exposed to by the people around her.
In the play, Ophelia is presented to us in relationships with brother, father, Prince Hamlet, the man she loves. Her life is shown as a dotted line: farewell to Laertes, a conversation with her father, the madness of Hamlet, the conversation and the break-off with Hamlet, the scene of madness, death. The tragedy of the girl who was in the centre of court affairs is that she found herself between the devil and the deep blue sea. She loved Hamlet, a prince pretending to be crazy and could not contradict her father, Polonius, who was against their relationship. Thus, the girl becomes a plaything, a tool in the wrong hands of other people. Moreover, this situation makes her lonely as she has no one beside to seek support and assistance.
Her life may not have ended so suddenly and she had not gone mad if Hamlet could be her support. Sincere and pure love would have saved the girl. But here, the events turned out tragically. Hamlet did not want to prove the seriousness of his intentions. He was busy defending his own life by the lie, speculations and madness. He used Ophelia to assay his insanity while her father and Claudius took the advantage of her in order to extract the true intentions of Hamlet. Ophelia herself decided to break relations, but still was hoping for reasoning from her beloved. The trouble was that Hamlet had more important things to figure out. He acted very cruelly, saying to Ophelia that he never loved her. Offended, the girl maintained dignity but started feeling guilty for their love could not stand the trial. Depressed by doubts and loss of a loved one, she found out that Hamlet killed her father. Her poor mind could not that shock.
The logic of Ophelia’s madness has a few obsessions: this is the death of his father, trampled love and the cruelty of the world. Her death is a sad regularity: such pure, ingenuous lady had nothing to do at court, mired down in malice and treachery. The tragedy of Ophelia is that the love of others was insufficient, in the end, she was used and thrown beyond the world.
The image of Ophelia as one of the best examples of Shakespeare’s dramatic skill of is taken from the legend about the girl who drowned in the river. The very death of Ophelia has caused controversy about whether it was suicide or disastrous occurrence.