Both females have heavily contributed to the misogyny Hamlet develops. Ophelia and Gertrude disappoint Hamlet which leads him to become a misogynist which contributes to the death of both female characters at the end of the novel. Hamlet considers both Gertrude and Ophelia to be sinful women due to the loss and gain of love throughout their lives. Since learning about the truth regarding the death of his father, Hamlet holds a grudge against him Gertrude. Hamlet blames Gertrude's incestous act for the death of his father.
Hamlet, despite being the hero of the tragedy, commits various actions that would consider him as a villainous character. When he learns of his fathers death, he acts mad and possibly even becomes truly mad. It prompts him to mistreat those around him—specifically important women in his life, his girlfriend Ophelia and his mother Gertrude. Firstly, when Hamlet is acting mad, he does not inform Ophelia of it, and treats her poorly. For instance, when Hamlet states, “Get thee to a nunnery.
Hamlet not only regards the world with pessimism, but he also has suicidal feelings. Hamlet displays thoughts of self that questions the worth of living. The foremost cause for his exasperation and aggravation is the fact that his mother and his uncle, Claudius immediately got married right after his father?s death. His mother's actions seem to be what repulses Hamlet most as he yells, "frailty thy name is woman!" (1.2.146).
Hamlet is cruel to the extreme to all those who he feels are treacherous, not just to the women in his life. Hamlet expects his mother Gertrude to mourn for King Hamlet in the same way as he does, in "trappings and the suits of woe" (Hamlet, I, ii, 89). Instead, she marries Claudius shortly after the sudden death. Hamlet cannot understand how she could disrespect his father, especially since she so doted upon the King in life. He exclaims, "O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer!"
After Hamlet’s speech about suicide and death, Hamlet describes the causes of his pain, specifically his disgust at his mother’s marriage to Claudius. Hamlet is upset with his mother’s choice in remarriage more so than the actual death of his father. As Hamlet contemplates his mother’s marriage, he cries out “frailty, thy name is woman!” (Shakespeare, I. ii. 150) Because of his mother’s actions, Hamlet sees all women as weak, frail, and untrustworthy. Hamlet goes on to explain the unreasonable timing of his mother’s marriage, stating how an animal would have mourned the loss of its mate longer than Hamlet’s mother did.
He feels betrayed because his daughters who claimed they “loved” him the most went against his orders. It is like as if Lear views himself weak and not powerful anymore. In Act I, Lear commands his daughters to promote their love for him but in respect for her father Cordelia refuses to. Since Cordelia did not obey his orders Lear throws her out. He becomes furious because to him he feels as if his daughter has no love for him.
Hamlet’s greatest weakness ultimately leads to his demise, as he is not able to fight past his cowardice and evade his tragedies. The greatest example of this is displayed when Hamlet is stubbornly patient about the avenging of his father. His failure causes him to go crazy as he is slapped in the face by his own cowardice. Hamlet also misses out on a chance of love, letting the unfaithful marriage of his mother cloud his judgement, and ruin his view of all women. Hamlet receives some satisfaction in the end, but only after the death of his mother.
Hamlet’s obsession with taking revenge destroys the relationships in his life. His furiousness with his mother’s marriage causes him to lose respect for her and wish for no more marriages in Denmark (III. i. 144-152). Hamlet’s loss of respect for women affects his relationship with his girlfriend, Ophelia.
During this part in the play, Hamlet berates Ophelia by telling her, "Or if/ thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know/ well enough what monsters you make of them. To a /nunn 'ry, go, and quickly too" (3.1.136-139). At this part in the play, it is extremely challenging for Hamlet to distinguish between his mother and Ophelia. Do to this, making his true feelings for his mother become more dubious. Another thing is that when Hamlet 's father is murdered and his mother re-marries, the unconstrained idea of sexuality with his mother, concealed since conception, can no longer be hidden from his conscious mind.
Hamlet’s mother re-marring makes mourning his father’s death all the more difficult. He does not understand why his mother would re-marry so soon after the death of her husband; especially the fact that it’s to his uncle, Claudius. All of this has caused a lot of anger and sadness inside of Hamlet. All of his feelings have become unbearable and bottled up. He begins to lose control of his life.