flowers for hamlet

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modern shakespeare aesthetics: ophelia, before, during, and after

Out of the ash I rise […]
And I eat men like air.

Enter Ophelia, fantastically dressed with straws and flowers. Illustration by Walter Crane. From Flowers from Shakespeare’s Garden, 1906.

Enter Ophelia, fantastically dressed with straws and flowers. Laertes: “O heat, dry up my brains! tears, seven times salt, burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye!– By heaven, thy madness shall be paid by weight, Till our scale turn the beam. O rose of May! Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!–…” – Hamlet

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“There’s rosemeowry, that’s for remembrance. Purr-ray you, love, remember. And there is pawnsies, that’s for thoughts… I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died.”

#40: Mewphelia, from Hamkit Purrince of Denmeowrk by Whiskeriam Shakespeare 

In the scene where Mewphelia goes mad and starts handing out flowers, many purr-oductions have her handing out weeds and grasses that she only imagines are rosemeowry and pawnsies

Inktober day 12: Ophelia’s flowers

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray,
love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts.

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,–

-Hamlet, Act 4. scene V 

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Ophelia Modern AU in which she actually lives

Ophelia ditches the drama, and takes on her own private tragedy. Strings of throwaway lovers and flimsy lingerie, she pays the rent too many weeks late with a fake-shy grin. She dodges courtly spies with bohemian finesse, hopping cities and countries farther than her ex could have dreamed. She braids the flowers in her hair until they wither, shaking the weeds out in the alleys where she gives them the slip. Skinny dipping in world-class waters, she revels in the delight she takes in shaking up their royal game.