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Her Mood Will Needs Be Pitied: Agency, Madness, The Pathetic, And Ophelia

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dc.contributor.author Emily Cackowski
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-23T20:18:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-23T20:18:16Z
dc.date.issued 04/11/2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12088/7558
dc.description dc.description
dc.description.abstract Of all the female characters in William Shakespeare?s plays, Ophelia from The Tragedy of Hamlet is arguably one of the most interesting. With very few scenes or lines of dialogue, her character has still managed to leave impressions of shocking insanity and deep sadness on generations of artists, actors, and play-going audiences. However, although her character is fascinating and the ending she comes to is notoriously sad, Ophelia cannot truly be considered a tragic heroine. I argue in my paper that because her narrative is so rigidly controlled by the actions, words, and patriarchal influences of those around her?except in her one scene of madness, when she quite literally takes center stage?Ophelia has no agency to act or choose for herself. This makes her character purely pathetic: a victim of circumstance rather than a tragic heroine.
dc.description.sponsorship Brinda Charry
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Keene State College
dc.subject English Language and Literature
dc.title Her Mood Will Needs Be Pitied: Agency, Madness, The Pathetic, And Ophelia
dc.type Presentation


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