NOTE: In this post, I use terms such as “mad” and “insane” to refer to the characters in Hamlet, mostly because that terminology is what is used in the play itself. I’m not meaning them in an ableist sense. I actually greatly question whether or not the characters who are said to be “mad” in the play actually are and if it’s fair to call them such, hence you’ll see a lot of those terms in quotation marks within this post.
"O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a
king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams.”
Was Ophelia pregnant when she killed herself, and was Hamlet the father?
This is one of my favorite theories about Hamlet. I think it adds so much to the character and her interactions. I personally think that the tumbling would have happened later in the game - just before the start of the play instead of the two months that the site suggests - but that it definitely happened.
When I was reading the play most recently I picked up on this. I was so excited that my google search resulted in this page. SO MUCH EVIDENCE.
Does anyone else find this superbly interesting? Does anyone else want to talk about Hamlet? I’m always down to talk about Hamlet.
Mark Rylance as Hamlet and Rebecca Saire as Ophelia (RSC, 1989)
Rosemary Harris (Ophelia) and Peter O’Toole (Hamlet) in the National Theatre’s first production, 1963
[photo BBC Arena]
15 September 1957: Judi Dench as Ophelia at a dress rehearsal of Michael Benthall’s production of Shakespeare’s ’Hamlet’ at the Old Vic, London.
Ophelia, Henrietta Rae
"Hamlet’s Gertrude" , " Ophelia" by Tony Scherman