Postcard Secret In Ophelia

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Hamlet Postcard Secret: Ophelia
My postcard secret is based on the character Ophelia from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. In the play, Ophelia was portrayed as an innocent girl that is naive when it comes to the concept of love. Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is Ophelia’s suitor. From their time together, Ophelia believes that Hamlet truly loves her. Unfortunately for her, the affection that hamlet had been providing her was misleading and as Hamlet spirals into madness, Hamlet’s true thoughts and intentions are revealed. Hamlet did in fact once loved her but his disgust towards the disloyalty of women explains that he does not anymore. Ophelia’s life ends in a tragic demise as she climbed up a willow tree when the branch suddenly broke
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Do you believe his “tenders,” as you call them?
(Shakespeare 1.3.108 - 112)
During this exchange, Polonius warns her that Hamlet does not truly love her as he is using her for other means. He explains that Ophelia is too “green” or inexperienced and naive to see the truth behind his actions. This “love” is displayed in the postcard secret by symbolically placing fruit in the shape of hearts on the branches of the tree. A minor detail to note is that no fruit has fallen to the ground meaning that the fruits of love are out of Ophelia’s reach. This mirrors the relationship Ophelia has with Hamlet. Naive and innocent love is unobtainable.
Even after hearing the warnings from her brother and father, deep down, Ophelia still believes that Hamlet’s affection is love. An integral event that shapes Ophelia is in act 3 scene 1 when Hamlet confronts Ophelia. Before this point, Polonius hypotheses that Hamlet is mad due to the absence of Ophelia’s affection. However in contradiction to Polonius’ belief, in this scene, Hamlet is acting and speaking harshly to Ophelia. Despite this revelation, Ophelia still wishes for the Hamlet she loves to return, as shown in the lines:
And I, of ladies most deject and
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[...] I apologize for all your tears I wish I could be different. But I'm still growing up. Into the one you can call your love. I don't know if I'll ever be enough. I'm throwing in my chips I guess I tend to push my luck.” This quote comes from a song called “Ultimately” by Khai Dreams. This snippet of the lyrics was chosen as it portrays Ophelia’s life and situation very well. As stated before, Ophelia is just a young girl that is confusing Hamlet’s romantic advances for true love. She lacks experience and understanding of Hamlet’s motives and fails to compare them to what love truly is. This part of the song speaks of a similar message of being young and naive. The persona in the song mentions the idea of not know anything and growing up, hinting at inexperience and youth; both of which are characteristics that match Ophelia’s character perfectly. Additionally, Ophelia begins to second guess her idea of love after Polonius tells her not to trust Hamlet. Soon after, Hamlet appears to her like a madman. Despite this, she still wishes for him to be cured of his antic disposition in the line, “Heavenly powers, restore him!” (3.1.153). In “Ultimately” the line, “I'm throwing in my chips I guess I tend to push my luck,” symbolizes Ophelia taking the chance that Hamlet will return to the person she loves. Lastly, during act 3 scene 1 of
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