There were a couple of weeks in my English class in which we studied Hamlet. We were told to write Ophelia's soliloquy (her monolog) because she lacks one in the play. I attempted to write mine in "Shakespearean", which was quite a challenge, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. There are some things that aren't really what Shakespeare would have said, but oh well. I gave it a shot, didn't I? ;)
Oh, and of course the teacher said after I had spent hours trying to get my soliloquy to sound a bit like Shakespeare, that you didn't need to write it in old English at all. :rolleyes: But I handed it in like this anyway.
Oh, Hamlet, my gentle love
What troubles thy mind?
To utter riddles drowned in menace,
A scowl upon your brow
Could love answer for the cause of thy coil?
A love, perchance, for two?
Like fire to parchment, mine brother thinks so
Urgently he speaks a warning upon farewell:
Prince of Denmark can nay be true
My youthful heart dares believe it not
Sure as the sun shines and the crow of the cock each morn,
Mine heart fails to forget the sweet whispers of thy voice: a feather to my skin,
Goosebumps it gives me
Yet I am struck as if by lightning
Fear enslaves my very being,
I cannot but think you share your heart with someone else,
A thought so terrible; it is murder
Oh, Hamlet, my gentle love,
Who be thee?
Wow, great job, Muffin. I'm impressed. You captured the spirit of Ophelia without making her seem drippy. I have to admit, I don't like Hamlet much and I find her character, in particular, extremely trying.
So, when I say you made me feel something for her, it's quite a compliment. ;-)
That's really good, Muffin. I think it would fit very well into the play.
Thank you, guys!! :D
I know what you mean, SBW. I though Ophelia was incredibly annoying in the play and a bit of waste of space, TBH. In the end it felt like Shakespeare just killed her off to get rid of her quickly.
Still, I ended up writing a nice soliloquy for her AND writing a 2 page analasis about how marginalized her character was in the play. You'd think I actually liked the girl. :rolleyes: