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In act IV, scene VII, of Shakespeare's Hamlet, what is notable about Gertrude’s words about Ophelia’s death? As one incapable of her own distress, Or like a creature native and indu'd 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[.]

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    ophelia’s death seems to be a contrived murder, which Gertrude is trying to hide. Gertrude is opening up the possibility that Ophelia did not kill herself. Ophelia’s death is depicted as something that released her from madness. Gertrude is poetic in her description of Ophelia’s death.

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