we’re reading hamlet in english class. its probably my all time favourite shakespeare play now, along with midsummer nights dream. i’m playing the speaking role of hamlet and am thus getting very much into it. so i drew the primary characters in the play because i’m a huge geek like that.
Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet.
“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
I think Jean Simmons’ Ophelia is absolutely amazing, and I especially enjoy her interactions with Hamlet. I mean, Laurence Olivier has a very strong presence on screen and you’d think that would be difficult to match, but I think Simmons’ actually outdoes him. (The nunnery scene!)
Although I do also have some sympathy for people who don’t like her Ophelia, or the 1948 adaptation in general. The acting style is slightly dated, which might make some people feel disengaged. I love it, but I don’t know, maybe it’s an acquired taste?
(Sorry you had to wait for a reply so long! I’m having a busy month.)
what else does female hamlet with a hella lot of internalized misogyny and self-hatred due to being raised as a boy entail„„ unhealthy lesbians..„,
Hamlet and Ophelia by Andrej Dugin
…Your guess is as good as mine.
Ophelia by Joseph Kirkpatrick
Circa 1873 illustration of Ophelia, based on an earlier oil painting by Arthur Hughes.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Laertes says at his sister Ophelia’s burial: “Lay her i’ the earth; / And from her fair and unpolluted flesh / May violets spring!”
Sweet violets (Viola odorata) have a long association with death and funerals, but also with immortality and resurrection. They were placed in graves for remembrance, and scattered in tombs to banish foul or poisonous vapors. In Greek mythology, Persephone was gathering violets and lilies when she was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld.