Unweeded garden

Amid all its gloomy meditations on human mortality, Hades includes two passages that reflect on transgressive, violent forms of death. In Bloom's thoughts murder, brought up by the sensational 1898 case of Dubliner Thomas Childs, finds a fictional analogue in the death of Shakespeare's King Hamlet. Suicide, poignant because of the way his own father died,  reminds him of Ophelia. There may be some significance in the fact that both references to Hamlet are accomplished through images of rank vegetative growth: an untended garden and the rushes of a marshy river.

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Jacob Trunk's depiction of the Childs house. Source: thecrackedlookingglass.com.

Illustration of the poisoning of King Hamlet in the garden by H. C. Selous.
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J. M Balliol Salmon's 1905 crayon and chalk drawing of Claudius watching the Mousetrap play while Hamlet watches him, from Otho Stuart's 1905 production at the Adelphi Theatre, held in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
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Ophelia, John Everett Millais' ca. 1851 oil on canvas painting, held in the Tate Britain, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Ophelia Drowning, an 1895 oil on canvas painting by Paul Albert Steck.
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