Ophelia In Emily Dickinson's A Wounded Name

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Despite being one of the only two named female characters, Ophelia has been criticized for decades as a static and one-dimensional character. She is purely an subplot of Hamlet’s greater story to highlight his growing dissent into madness — an outlet for his rage against women. Many important plot points occur because of her, but she is never the driving force behind them. She submissively goes through life doing what her father and brother wish for her to do. However, she has the potential to be more than a plot device — more than a pawn in a larger chess game. In A Wounded Name, a young adult novel by Dot Hutchison, readers have the opportunity to explore what Ophelia could have been like if it would have been set in modern times and if things

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