Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ophelia - The World That Kills Innocence

The image above is a painting of Shakespeare's character Ophelia, from the play Hamlet. She drowns herself, out of lovesickness and because of the crazyness around her that results in the bloodlust in her lover Hamlet, the death of her father Polonius, and the bloodlust of her brother Laertes. Ophelia is symbolic of the death of innocence at the hands of a cruel and uncaring, deranged world.

Well I happened to watch Paramore's music video, "Monster" and couldn't help but see the similarities between it and the traditional images of Ophelia. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoTEnaAI9Fo

Ophelia goes crazy just before her death, handing out flowers that are symbolic of ideas she holds dear and wants to preserve, but that the world no longer has a use for.

Ophelia: There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray,
Love, remember: and there is pansies. that's for thoughts.

LAERTES
A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted.

OPHELIA
There's fennel for you, and columbines: there's rue
For you; and here's some for me: we may call it
Herb-grace o' Sundays: O you must wear your rue with
A difference. There's a daisy: I would give you
Some violets, but they withered all when my father
Died: they say he made a good end,--

See the dead flowers in the Paramore video? They're like Ophelia's flowers that she hands out, but they've "withered all", along with her hope.

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