Iconography of Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’

Ophelia and water Probably the most influential depiction of Ophelia is the painting by Sir John Everett Millais, 1852: The image is interesting for that it is slightly unexpected: Ophelia's death is not seen onstage, merely reported by Queen Gertrude in the following lines from IV.7: There is a willow grows aslant a brook, That shows … Continue reading Iconography of Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’

Literary parallels in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’

As a work rich in symbolism and allusion, Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles contains innumerable references, motifs and symbols borrowed from a variety of places. The possibilities listed below are few of an inexhaustible many. Shakespeare's Hamlet Tess begs the vicar that her child be given a Christian burial. The child was not baptised by the vicar before … Continue reading Literary parallels in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’