mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up

lilynoelle

Detroit, United States

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Self-Portrait “Underwater” ~
Lake Huron, Michigan

my reflection in Lake Huron; I was standing on the rocks and noticed my shadow or reflection looked like a woman underwater. :) Considering my ardent love for all things Ophelia, of course I had to take a picture. :)

I love playing with shadows, reflections, and other nuances that we take for granted, but that are really amazing natural occurrences in our world.

Ophelia was tortured by love, but by her own mind more than anything. She sought her peace in the waves. She did not commit suicide in the way most people imagine. I think we have an image of Ophelia throwing herself into a pond; the text says otherwise. She fell in the water, according to Gertrude, but when the water started to drag her under she did not resist. She simply did not care to fight death.

“When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”

~ from HAMLET, Shakespeare

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