Year: 2007 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.64, no.10, (October 2007), p.1114 SIEC No: 20090560

The author describes the painting “Ophelia” by John Everett Millais first displayed in 1852. Reaction at the time was mixed. Harris discusses Hamlet’s reflection on suicide as contrasted with Ophelia’s death. Although it seemed accidental, her apparent failure to try to save herself raises the question of suicide. Harris further discusses Shakespeare’s use of these dialogues to call attention to the common attitudes & legal, religious, & moral issues raised by suicide in 17th-century Christian England. (5 refs.)