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Karthik Patange Ophelia's Flowers In Act 4 Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a scene full of anger and dark thoughts, there is a repetition of the motif of insanity. However, unlike other acts, insanity is displayed through the character of Ophelia, who has been driven mad by the death of her father. To express her lamentations, she starts to sing. When Laertes, angry from the death of Polonius, his father, enters the scene, Ophelia starts to describe several types of flowers, all representing elements of the novel as a whole. First, Ophelia goes to Laertes, her brother, and says, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance/ Pray you, love, remember." Rosemary shows the theme of establishing a sense of certainty. Emphasis is placed on how remembering past events and thinking about others’ courses of action can bring more certain knowledge to transpiring events. Rosemary has symbolized remembrance since the Golden Age of Greece, when students wore garlands of rosemary to strengthen their memories while studying. For
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course ENGLISH 29573 taught by Professor Roberts during the Spring '08 term at Southern Maryland.

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