Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020)

Water and Woman: Ophelia’s Femininity in the Elizabethan Age

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Xinyi Chen
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Xinyi Chen
Available Online 17 December 2020.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.433How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Ophelia, Shakespeare, femininity, water, woman
Abstract

To further the studies about Shakespeare’s Ophelia in the play Hamlet, this paper will discuss Ophelia and her femininity by looking at the association between water and woman. By exploring the attributes of the dew and Ophelia’s womanhood, as well as the connection between the two, we can find the implied features of Ophelia’s femininity including the delicacy, hollowness, and the duality of purity and eroticism in the femininity. Moreover, the paper will correspond Ophelia’s womanhood to the Elizabethan expectations for woman. Ophelia thus can become an example for the female victims who were much required and expected by the patriarchal gender ideology. As for the methodology, this paper will mainly employ close-reading to look into Ophelia’s character and her interactions with other male characters including Hamlet and Polonius.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
17 December 2020
ISBN
978-94-6239-304-2
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.433How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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