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date: 22 November 2019

Ophelia [Shakes.] 

Source:
A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion
Author(s):

Andrew Delahunty,

Sheila Dignen

The daughter of *Polonius in Hamlet (1604). Ophelia is in love with *Hamlet but rejected by him. Her grief after her father's fatal stabbing at Hamlet's hands sends her into a state of madness. During her famous ‘mad scene’ in the play, she sings several bawdy and death-obsessed songs. Later it is reported that, while making garlands of flowers by the side of a stream, she fell in and drowned. Ophelia's death scene is the subject of a famous painting (... ...

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