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Strange Fruit: Ophelia's SongHow does Ophelia's guilt and tension of her strange song...

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 24, 2008 at 9:07 AM via web

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Strange Fruit: Ophelia's Song

How does Ophelia's guilt and tension of her strange song infect the atmosphere of the court? 

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

Posted March 25, 2008 at 7:56 AM (Answer #2)

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It is obvious that everyone is uncomfortable...especially Claudius and Gertrude who may pick up on the sexual hints tossed toward Hamlet.  Laertes also is thrown for a loop here since he can't seem to wrap his brain around how a young woman so sane one day can seem so nutty the next.  He has lost so much--his father and now his sister, it makes sense why he decides to plot with Claudius to avenge his losses.

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