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

Posted: March 29, 2017 in Shakespeare and Drama
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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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