what is symbolic about o[pherlia's flowers
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The flowers symbolize the way Ophelia has been betrayed by others. For every flower, she cites a betrayal.
“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. And there’s pansies, that’s for thoughts…There’s fennel for you, and columbines. There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we / may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. You (must) wear / your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they wither’d all when / my father died. They say he made good end.”
Hamlet/ Act IV