The Sad Demise of Ophelia


The Sad Demise of Ophelia, originally uploaded by SkeletalMess.
A possible historical source for Ophelia was Katherine Hamlet, a woman who fell into the Avon River and died in December 1579. Though it was eventually concluded that she had overbalanced while carrying some heavy pails, rumours that she was suffering from a broken heart were considered plausible enough for an inquest to be conducted into whether her death was a suicide. It is possible that Shakespeare - 16 at the time of the death - recalled the romantic tragedy in his creation of the character of Ophelia.

7 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. I wish I had the words to match my feelings.

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  2. Breathtaking....a haunting image.

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  3. Yes, a haunting image. Just beautiful.

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  4. Lovely work. I see a woman enjoying her sad demise in silken water, filled with the soft petal fingers.

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  5. I love Shakespeares description of Ophelia's death, the hoars frost on the leaves, and how the water fills up her layers of clothing and pulls her to her muddy death (you can read the whole section here:
    http://www.mythicalrealm.com/legends/madness.html)
    Gorgeous photo.

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  6. Looking at this photo sort of gives me the shivers ... kind like Nicole Kidman when she was frozen under the ice in To Die For. Guess that's a good thing?

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  7. AnonymousJune 19, 2010

    This is a lovely visual rendition of Shakepeare's words.

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