The article examines the roles of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Despite her apparent submissiveness and obedience, Ophelia displays her resistance against the male authorities and questions the double standard of the patriarchal order. The article discusses how her behaviors and speeches, as well as her madness and suicide, do not fall easily into any convenient and recognizable category. Hence, her unidentifiability and undefinability force us to question not only her identity and behavior, but our own criteria of defining and identifying her.
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