Illustration Friday - Float
This week's topic brought to mind two literary characters who, in their attempts to escape unbearable situations, took to the water. Poor Ophelia, driven mad by Hamlet's callous injunction, "get thee to a nunnery," chose instead to drown herself. She is often depicted floating dead in a shallow pond, her bouquet of symbolic flowers strewn about her. Because she has been painted by so many wonderful artists, I decided to let her rest in peace.
The other character is Thumbelina, from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. She escaped marriage to a boorish frog with the help of some fishes who gnawed through the stem of the lily pad where she was being held prisoner until the wedding. As she floated downstream away from her hideous fiance, Thumbelina was joined by a butterfly who offered to pull her along with the help of her sash. Unlike Ophelia, Thumbelina's water journey eventually led her to her prince.