Ophelia as Brave

Even though Ophelia can be considered vastly naïve, she can also be considered brave. Let’s look first about what Hamlet says about bravery: "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all." In this line, Hamlet is admitting that, due to fear of hell or consequences in the afterlife, he becomes a "coward" in that he can't actually take his own life. Further, he wants us all to think that way. How does Ophelia fit here? Does her conscience make a coward of her? No. She is driven mad, though. In her madness, she acts, unlike Hamlet, who does not act. While Hamlet stands around considering if he should exist and “be or not to be,” Ophelia takes her own life. Ophelia commits suicide, while Hamlet only talks about it.