Do you agree that Ophelia is too "passive" in Hamlet?

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Ophelia represents youth and the innocence that comes with it. Dominated by her father and spurned by Hamlet she succumbs to madness. Viewed as a pathetic character, Ophelia is seen as passive through having no voice to express herself. The flowers she hands out however, are laden with meaning and thus indirectly she could be argued to be extremely intelligent and articulate. How women functioned in such a male dominated world is of particular interest in deciphering the character of Ophelia. Lastly, her apparent suicide by drowning could be said to perfectly symbolize her passivity to nature, or a strong willpower in choosing to die. Read the enotes character analysis for more information and the following article on flower symbolism in the play.

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