Monday, March 28, 2005

How Cheery!

**FLYING CONDITIONS: Partially Sunny**

John William Waterhouse, 1910
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About Ophelia:
Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius, sister to Laertes, and rejected lover of Hamlet in Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. Ophelia is a symbol of innocence gone mad. A dutiful daughter, she is manipulated into spying on Hamlet and must bear his humiliating and brutal remarks. She believes him to be mad, commenting sadly "O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown." Having lost Hamlet's affection, she herself goes mad when her father is killed by Hamlet. Her mad scene (act IV, scene 5) is one of the best known in Western literature. Her madness and death and Hamlet's behaviour at her graveside further inflame Laertes to vengeance.

This painting is one of my favorites by John William Waterhouse. I have a large print of it hanging in my office. Strangely, several people have made comment that I look like the woman in this painting. Perhaps when I had red hair, and from a certain angle, but in reality I think my ethnic nose sullies any comparison.

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