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Ophelia's Renaissance

Ophelia  is a character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. She is a young noblewoman of Denmark, the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, and potential wife of Prince Hamlet. 

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Renaissance: 1830-40, from the Middle French: rebirth, from the Latin renāscī, to be born again. The Oxford English Dictionary cites W. Dyce and C. H. Wilson’s Letter to Lord Meadowbank (1837), as the first known use.

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Thanks to ZillegasArt for posting the  Ophelia, Resurrected Princess Line Art.

And, to all the Stock Artists.

As usual, I didn’t read the description; so, I wasn’t sure why Ophelia had been reborn.

My guess was that she was the character from the play; and, that while her clothes had dragged her under the water; so, it looked like she had drowned:

The current had swept her away from the castle, where her dress had snagged on a tree, growing over the river;

And, she had managed to drag herself out of the stream, to join Hamlet on his quest to avenge his Father’s murder, by the usurper, Claudius, and retake the kingdom.

It isn't likely that she would know how to swim [though everyone should].

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 Ophelia, Resurrected Princess, by ZillegasArt

“This is Ophelia! I was commissioned to draw her by a Redditor.

Ophelia was fascinating because she's a princess who was killed by beheading, and subsequently resurrected by a necromancer! [In this context]

This was an interesting scenario. I decided to give her a kind of loose, flowy dress that blows in the wind to make her kind of ghost-like.

I'm pretty pleased with the line art in this one. It might be one of my favorites thus far!”

-ZillegasArt [December 8, 2016]

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Nota Bene:

Since this Ophelia is a warrior, she has quite the arsenal, with daggers, and throwing knives, tucked into her greaves, and leather straps and braces, and, a Rapier.

This is a little small for the period, like Arya’s “Needle”, in A Game of Thrones, facing off against Brienne’s  Longsword.

Arya spars with Brienne 

Arya vs Brienne Lightsaber Duel | Game of Thrones + Star Wars

And, a formidable Composite bow [horn, sinew, and wood?], which seems to have a stabilizer, [for vibration/ balance], and a quiver full of arrows.

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Resources:

Line Art:

Commission - Ophelia, Resurrected Princess, by ZillegasArt

Other Line Art, by ZillegasArt

Other Resources:

RockStocks300S00479, by RockStocks

Half Moon, by TinaLouiseUk

RockStocks300S00479, by RockStocks

FOG/CLOUDS PNG, by Moonglowlilly

Cloud/Fog, by Moonglowlilly

Big Lens And Optical Flare Collection, by daWIIZ

Software:

Autodesk-Sketchbook 

PSE10- Photoshop Elements 10

Hardware:

Asus EP121B Eee Slate

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Memo:

What if Ophelia was Hamlet’s match in every way, in Shakespeare’s play?

What if Hamlet dissembles madness, exaggerating his melancholia, in order to throw his Father’s murderer off balance; and, to try and catch a killer?

And, Ophelia feigns her hysteria, for the same reason, to convey hidden truths, in her seemingly incoherent ramblings and rhymes?

But, it seems like both of them are overcome, because the world around them is mad.

Frankly, I think it’s Claudius who has been sexually abusing Ophelia, coming into her bedchamber, in the dark, as she describes; and, why she gives herself and him Rue [an herbal remedy to induce miscarriage].

To shut her up, I think he tries to hang her, from the tree, which Gertrude says was overhanging the stream, to make it appear that she did herself in.

But, she manages to fight him off, only to end up in the water, where her heavy clothes drag her under the water, drowning her.

It would be nice to think she is able to pull herself out, downstream.

But, this wouldn’t allow her brother, Laertes, to pull back her shroud, before her remains are interred [which couldn’t have been in great shape];

And, fight with Hamlet over her grave, both overcome by grief.
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[This happened in my family with my Grandma, at the church; but, no one can remember what they were fighting over.]

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I saw a production once that combined all the various known texts: all of which contain unique scenes and different lines.

In this version, Hamlet doesn’t go on the ship, with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to England. He hides in the castle, which is closer to other earlier versions, like Ur-Hamlet.

This gives the cemetery scenes more emphasis, since he knows that the grave is for Ophelia.

Hamlet alters the letter from Claudius to the pirates, to make sure his childhood friends, who had been recruited to betray him, never reach the shore.

In this version, it suggests that as much as usurping the throne and bed of the King, Claudius kills him, in order to cover his alliance with the pirates/ smugglers.

And, Hamlet had petitioned Fortinbras, his former enemy, to secure the court and bring peace to the kingdom, which he does; and, he has the final lines.

As always, if you want to uncover the truth: follow the money.

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Listening to:

Natalie Merchant - Ophelia Music Video

The Lumineers - Ophelia

Frank Bridge - There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook (1927)

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Watching:

Video SparkNotes: Shakespeare's Hamlet Summary

Hamlet - The life of Ophelia in 4 different film versions

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Looking at:

Ophelia's Fall. by Pendragon-Arts

Ophelia's Madness, by Pendragon-Arts

Ophelia, by SlevinAaron

Ophelia, by sarucatepes

Ophelia, by IrenHorrors

Ophelia, by Lady-ObsidiAnne

Ophelia,by eronipple

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Wow! There is some great stuff on here.

An android Ophelia? That’s new. Like Android Karenina.

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And, learn how to swim. Water is Life.

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The women in my family were usually armed, often with a revolver, or Derringer.
My Mum always said a gun is a tool, designed for a specific purpose;
And, never point a weapon; unless, you're prepared to use it.

Maybe, that's why she used a walking stick, herself.
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Watching:

Self-Defence Tutorial from 1933 | British Pathé

 Hints to the Ladies on Jiu-Jitsu (1926) | BFI National Archive

Rare Jujitsu Footage from the early 1900's 20's - 30's?

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Take Care of each other.

Ontario just elected "Trump-North", with the same vague, divisive tactics. 
So sad. Too bad. It doesn't bode well. 

-Cat…
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You Learn  [Alanis Morissette]

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“The rest is silence.

-Hamlet , Act V, Scene 2, William Shakespeare [1599 – 1602]

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Beautiful work! Well doneClap