From of death: suicide or an accident? Act

From the very first scene of Hamlet we are introduced to the death of someone important; the King. As the play goes on more of the important characters seem to also lose their life, such as, Polonius, who was killed by Hamlet in Act III. What almost everyone knows from the play though is that all the characters end up facing the angel of death. Whether it was by suicide o, battle or by a brother. However the main question of the death occurred in Act IV is, what was Ophelia’s cause of death: suicide or an accident? Act four, scene 7, Gertrude enters the room and announces the awful news to Ophelia’s brother Laertes while he was in the middle of conversation with Claudius. The two speaking about hamlet and ideas to get rid of him. She explains that Ophelia fell and drowned in the water while climbing a tree with flowers in her hand. After they tell Laertes the news they follow him to make sure he does not do anything he could possibly later on regret. At the beginning of Act 5, the first clown  claims that Ophelia did indeed kill herself and is confused as to why the coroner is proceeding with a Christian Burial. During the times of Shakespeare, people who committed suicide to were not allowed to be given a christian burial.The verdict of her death was that “…she drowned herself in self defense”  (5.1 5)  However, while reading and analyzing the rest of the play, it makes sense to believe what the character known as the “first clown” says; that she did in fact kill herself. When gertrude first informs the two men, Laertes and Claudius of Ophelia’s death she claims that when she fell into the water, Ophelia’s acted “…as one incapable of her own distress, or like a creature native and indued unto that element”(4.7 177-179). Gertrude saying this words implies that Ophelia’s decided to take own life making it seem like at that point Ophelia just did not care anymore. Additionally, the first clown explains that “If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is, will he nill he, he goes. Mark you that. But if the water come to him and drown him, he drowns not himself.” (5.1 15) He says this statement in response to the claim he made that Ophelia knowingly drowned herself in the water and recognizes it as “se offendo” instead of self defense.   Ophelia’s suicide makes sense overall because from what we learn about her life and the obstacles she pushed through, suicide might have been the only answer to get away from all of it in her mind. For instance, the death of her father played a major role in her mental and emotional state overall, additionally her beloved brother, Laertes was away in france, on top of that she was living with Hamlet in his families castle. With all these obstacles as well as Hamlet treating her with disrespect and rejecting her after he had strongly claimed his love for her, caused her to lose her mind and become mentally drained. Additionally, because Ophelia love for for Hamlet is so genuine and strong, hearing others speak of him as a “mad man” makes her believes that he is after all insane and adds up to her list of reasons. Ophelia was a young girl who a strong and willing image of love in her mind. Her life became too difficult for her to deal with at a young age.Confusion, anger and loneliness took over her and mind and body causing her to lose her mind and to break ties with reality all together.