Essay On The Role Of Women In Hamlet

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Throughout time in history, women have continued to play minor roles in society, although with heavy contributions, as depicted in William Shakespeare’s tragic revenge, Hamlet. This unfortunate truth is reflected through the actions of Queen Gertrude, and Ophelia, as they are the true source of all conflict, seen as weak and characterless personnel, and incredibly dependant on the men in their lives. Thus labeled as the true driving factors of other characters actions, and as a result, receiving abusive treatment.
Gertrude has an obsessive need to keep her crown, and remain Queen of Denmark despite potentially sacrificing her relations with the ones who love her- but more specifically, her son. This desire, although unaware, heavily contributes to the plotted madness of Hamlet, and supports the theory of being a self-centred, and a weak individual. Within two months of her husband’s organized death, Queen Gertrude remarries to King Hamlet’s brother, Claudius. With very likely chances of Gertrude being a lover to Claudius while married to King Hamlet, she would have been certainly convinced to be a part of the plot of his murder- and therefore playing the role of a cold villainess. The ghost of Hamlet informs his son of what has taken place, and assigns him to “Revenge [their] foul and most unnatural murder... that
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Hamlet is an excellent example. Furious about his mother’s incestuous remarriage, the prince generalizes all women, and sees them the same: evil, unloyal and as liars. The deep-rooted hate he has from his mother’s poor choices are now additionally proclaimed amongst the innocent female in his life, Ophelia, to suggest that he hates all women. Hamlet blames his mother for his inability to love anyone, nor anything, after being informed by his father’s ghost of Gertrude’s adultery previously committed. He accuses his mother of
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