Water and Woman: Ophelia’s Femininity in the Elizabethan Age
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- Ophelia, Shakespeare, femininity, water, woman
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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TY - CONF AU - Xinyi Chen PY - 2020 DA - 2020/12/17 TI - Water and Woman: Ophelia’s Femininity in the Elizabethan Age BT - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 250 EP - 256 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.433 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.433 ID - Chen2020 ER -