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A characterization of Ophelia from Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Includes direct quotations and in-depth analysis.

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A Characterization of Ophelia

It is often said that love is the axis of all things in our universe. Fondness for another living being or material object can inspire any creature into fits of obsession or abandonment depending on the extent of the relationship. Without hesitation it can sneak upon the mortal soul and consume all elements of personality and rationality. Ophelia, a young maiden of Denmark, is a prime example of this heartbreaking sort of infatuation, for it gave her rapture beyond average comprehension and within the same breath stole her brilliant mind. An appropriate ending some might agree for the fictional character that has inspired artist for centuries and whom has been considered one of the most beloved, moving muses since her creation.
Other than her servants and nursemaid, Ophelia is publicly raised within a male dominated household. The only female influence coming from Queen Gertrude, whom Ophelia held in very high regard with the possibility that they might someday be joined by the holy bounds of marriage and officially united as family, "I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet's wife; I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid, and not have strewed thy grave" (Act 5. sc.1). It is apparent that Gertrude held a similar affection for Ophelia. It is clear that after meeting Ophelia the people whom have influenced her the most have helped shape her clever demeanor. Despite her intelligence and integrity she was still naive and sensitive to the world around her. Her ...