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Madness as FreedomIs madness a sort of independence for Ophelia?  How does her madness...

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 24, 2008 at 9:13 AM via web

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Madness as Freedom

Is madness a sort of independence for Ophelia?  How does her madness differ from that of Hamlet's? 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM (Answer #2)

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Hers is not feigned, for one.  Hamlet pretends to be mad much of the time even though he is a little crazy over the situation into which his mother has thrust him and the country.

Ophelia, being trapped by her role as sister and obedient daughter, not to mention that of lesser courtier, seeks a way to free herself from the societal ties that bind.  I do think that madness was her only escape, until, that is, she dies.

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