Hamlet Essay Topics on Ophelia

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Ophelia is one of the major characters of 'Hamlet,' but she often gets forgotten in attempts to understand Hamlet himself. The essay topics in this lesson will help your students think deeply and critically about Ophelia.

Focusing on Ophelia

Are your students reading or finishing a read of Shakespeare's ''Hamlet''? When they come to the end of the play, you will probably want to help them synthesize their understanding of its characters, plots and themes. One great way to do this is by having them write essays; essays require that students express their ideas while backing them up with textual evidence. Character essays about ''Hamlet'' often focus on the importance of Hamlet himself, since his character is both central and complex. Ophelia is also a very important character in the play, however. Helping your students think about Ophelia will give them ideas about Shakespeare's philosophies on gender, and will also help them make better sense of the tragedy of the play. This lesson offers essay topics that will help students focus their attention on Ophelia.

Ophelia's Character

These topics concentrate specifically on who Ophelia is as a character and how she relates to the other important characters in the play.

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