Women in Shakespeare and the Terrible Price of Love
A comparison between Ophelia and Hermione's death scenes in works by William Shakespeare.
# 67878 | 1,454 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Jul 23, 2006 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Shakespeare (Hamlet) , Shakespeare (Other Plays and Comparisons)
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This paper presents a comparison of female victimization in two of Shakespeare's most renowned plays, "Hamlet" and "The Winter's Tale". By presenting a detailed description of Ophelia and Hermione's dying scenes, a thorough analysis of their characters is obtained, and the role of women in general in Shakespeare's plays is given extensive thought.
From the Paper:"The main difference between Hermione's death scene and Ophelia's is the sheer publicity of Hermione's situation, as opposed to the total seclusion and privacy with which Ophelia's death occurred. If in the first scene we find Ophelia alone, singing, reveling in the silence (also portrayed by the still water) and slowly fading out of life, Hermione's scene communicates the exact opposite. A queen unrightfully reduced to a prisoner, Hermione finds herself amidst officers, guards and lords, all of whom will be exposed to a private issue between her and her husband."
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