“from her melodious lay / To muddy death”: Depicting Ophelia

Posted: March 29, 2017 in Shakespeare and Drama

Ophelia Drowning by Paul Albert Steck

In addition to the Depicting Ophelia Power Point we saw in class, there are numerous depictions of Ophelia in art and pop culture — in fact, one could argue that her watery death has become a common trope.

Here are a few links for those of you who might be interested in looking into it further:

Shakespeare Illustrated, Ophelia

Ophelia and pop culture: tons of cool stuff here including video slide shows

a possible source story for Ophelia’s death (spoiler alert, it may have been Shakespeare’s cousin!  What a way to be immortalized)

Then there’s this scholarly article, “Reading Ophelia’s Madness”

. . . And that’s just scratching the surface.


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