, The Death of Ophelia, 1853 (Louvre, Paris)
Watery grave: The death of Ophelia as depicted by the artist Millais
Michael: But now it looks like it’s a variation on The Death of Ophelia where the subject is returning the viewer’s gaze. I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean, but it adds a classical allusion to the assortment of images implying the death or mutilation of female bodies.
The Death of Ophelia - Angelfire
The death of Ophelia and the death of his mother are other deaths that disturb Hamlet and lead his action to unexpected events. The death of Polonius makes his son Laertes take revenge on Hamlet. From this point Hamlet the revenger has become the revenged, hunter becomes the hunted. From the moment Hamlet knows that his uncle is responsible for the murder of his father, he is planning for his death. In this way, the whole play focuses on the theme of death in one way or another.