"Let me not think on 't; frailty, thy name is woman!" (I.ii.146). During his monologue, he is upset that his mother, Gertrude, was quick to remarry right after the death of his father - not to mention she remarried his uncle, Claudius, out of all people. This act of incest sickens him and he is disgusted at her actions when she and his late father were inseparable and now she is married to a man that is not even as great a leader and fighter as his father was. In regards to Ophelia, Hamlet is angry at how submissive she is when her father Polonius and brother Laertes order her to stay away from him despite the fact that they are ... ... middle of paper ... ... on sort of a male role in Act 1 where she calls him out on his manhood or lack thereof because he does not want to kill a virtuous and humble man with whom he has no problems.
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.
“Frailty, thy name is woman” (l.2.148) generalizing that all women are frail and incapable to withstand temptation. His bitterness has lead him to believe that all women are dishonest and untrustworthy because his mother easily moved on from the husband she so thought to have loved and worse married his brother a month after his death. Hamlet starts to torment his mother by telling her that she is sleeping with her husband’s killer. “But you live in the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, stewed in corruption and making love over that nasty sty” (3.4.100) trying to make her realize the wrong that she has done, being easy to fall in love with another man because she required comfort. To Hamlet his mother is weak, surrendering to lust, changing Hamlets view and sparking his hate for women, seeing how they are not loyal.
Hamlet only sees the ‘incestuous behaviour’ from Gertrude though and as for him, she represents women in general, he is suspicious of all women. We do get a view of Gert... ... middle of paper ... ...odshed that he predicts is going to happen. Hamlet is often sceptical against women. He says to Ophelia ‘or is thou wilt need marry, marry a fool, for wise men know what monsters you will make of them.’ This shows how bitter he is towards women and how bitter he is towards the world. This bitterness may be because he feels he has been betrayed by the 2 main women in his life.
Given that women is depicted as a weak figure in society, Gertrude would not be able to remain queen without a king. Thus, her desperate attempt to become queen means that she has to marry Claudius to stay in power, which causes Hamlet to lose all respect for her and he shows this when he only addresses her with the title queen instead of mother because she finally gets all that she
Lady Macbeth displays no sign of the stereotyped tenderness of Elizabethan women. When the murder was complete, Lady Macbe... ... middle of paper ... ...time came. As Macbeth began to feel nervous and uneasy about his task, Lady Macbeth scolded him, claiming a “beast… made [him] break this enterprise to [her, and] when [he] durst do it, then [he was] a man” (1.7.52-54) Lady Macbeth challenged Macbeth’s masculinity, which allowed her to regain dominance in her relationship and convince Macbeth to follow through. With Lady Macbeth’s constant manipulation and commands, it is evident that she, the woman, possesses dominance over Macbeth, altering the gender roles and stereotypes of a husband and wife. Lady Macbeth was able to manipulate not only Macbeth, but the gender stereotypes imposed upon women of Elizabethan culture through her personality, actions, and her relationship with Macbeth.
Although Hamlet loved Ophelia and Gertrude before his fathers died, the way Hamlet behaves towards them afterwards shows that the circumstances impacted negatively on his view of women. After his father’s death, Hamlet’s thoughts on everything changed. He thought that life was punishing, he could trust no one, and women were just game players trying to mess with the male population. “Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monster you make of them” (Shakespeare 3.1.133-134). Hamlet believes he is speaking privately with Ophelia, however Polonius and Claudius are spying on their conversation.
Hamlet’s oppression of women was a result of his mother’s action to remarry with his uncle and this causes Hamlet to despise and loath women. Though Hamlet has known these women before the death of his father, he is so wrapped up in revenge that he cannot treat them fairly. Hamlet insulted Gertrude by yelling out, “frailty, thy name is woman!” (1.2.150) When Hamlet talks about frailty, he is talking about weakness. Gertrude is the epitome of weakness to Hamlet because of her foolish act of remarrying which Hamlet views as a
This possibly mean she had no control in getting married to Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who is mainly the person to blame for majority of the conflicts. Hamlet additionally describes his mother by saying “O most pernicious woman!” (1.5.105-106). Meaning that he is calling her evil and despises her, therefore gets the feeling that all women are the same. This definitely has a major effect on his perception of females in his civilization. Under all the madness; Hamlet fails to realize that his mother truly loves