What does the Queen's speech about Ophelia's drowning suggest about her madness and the reasons for her death?

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Well, rather than suggesting these things, some of what the speech says is quite direct: the queen says that Ophelia drowned because she could not bear her own "distress"—that she killed herself because she was too sad, and too upset.

The madness, though, is a more complicated question. This the queen links to a kind of transformation, as if by turning mad Ophelia was partially mythological and partially animal, like she's stuck between worlds. Like the ghost, in other words.


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