Flower Symbolism in Hamlet Act IV


By Act IV, scene v, it seems as though poor Ophelia's completely lost the plot. She shows up, her "wits...as mortal as an old man's life" (V.v.183-184), singing and handing out flowers to the characters on stage.

Directions


In your small groups, research your assigned flower. Find out what social, medicinal, or other symbolic meaning it has (or once had), and create a subpage of this wiki with the following:
  1. An appropriate title/heading
  2. At least 3 pictures of your flower, preferably all different in some way
  3. A description of your flower's symbolic value (with 4-6 linked sources, excluding Wikipedia)
  4. A description of who your group believes Ophelia hands the flower to, and a brief (5-7 sentence) rationale for support
    1. For Willows, Crowflowers, and Long Purples, identify a possible recipient (these flowers don't appear in 4.5)

Flowers


Rosemary
Fennel
Pansies
Columbines
Rue
Daisies
Violets
Crowflowers
Willows