Lady of the Lake

Don McCunn

Joined September 2012

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This image is a composite of John Everett Millais’ Ophelia with a pose from Auguste Rodin’s Danaid.

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia is encouraged to marry Hamlet. When he tells Ophelia, “Get thee to a nunnery…I say we will have no more marriages,” Ophelia goes mad. By the end of the play, she’s fallen into a river and drowned.

In Greek mythology, the fifty daughters of Danaus were compelled to marry the fifty sons of his twin brother. All but one of the Danaids kill their husbands on their wedding night and are condemned to spend eternity attempting the impossible task of carrying water in a sieve.

(Excerpt from the book Revisiting the Classics.)

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