@litladiesnetwork’s second event ➝ favorite minor female characters ↳ ophelia, hamlet
there’s fennel for you, and columbines. there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me. we may call it herb of grace o’ sundays. o, you must wear your rue with a difference! there’s a daisy. i would give you some violets, but they wither’d all when my father died.
Shakespeare’s use of tragedy is different from the classical; what makes him care about his tragic characters is not that they are good, as Greek protagonists fundamentally are, but that they might have been.