The Ghost gives Hamlet, who is already disgusted with his mother for marrying his uncle such a short time after his father’s death, even more disturbing information about the Queen. There is not reason to believe that Gertrude is Lying to appease Hamlet in the above lines. No where else in the play is Gertrude Portrayed as cunning or Janus-faced as is Claudius. Even though Hamlet lashes out at her With ... ... middle of paper ... ...tise is laying slayed on the ground after the fight, he admits to Hamlet the plot to poison him if he won the fight, and after seeing his mother leaning dead across her chair Hamlet sticks the sword into the kings middle and kills him dead. The king falls to the ground dead while trying to reach for his crown that has fallen off of his head.
Also Hamlet seems to view his father as a type of god and so isn’t very likely to want to kill him. In fact the exact opposite, as he is trying to revenge the murder of his father. Gertrude is also suspected by Hamlet of being involved in the murder of Old Hamlet although we are led to believe that she is not. This is because the ghost of Old Hamlet tells Hamlet to say nothing against her as though she is an innocent party in Claudius plan ‘against thy mother aught; leave her to heaven’ She also she turns to support Hamlet at the end of the play, even by saving his life by drinking the poison intended for him. Hamlet only sees the ‘incestuous behaviour’ from Gertrude though and as for him, she represents women in general, he is suspicious of all women.
Her husband, the person who vowed to be with her the rest of her life, talks to her like she is not worth anything. Along with the Renaissance time periods beliefs, Iago displays inadequate ho... ... middle of paper ... ...r husbands. Although a minor character in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, Emilia exists as a vital component to revealing his views on women being obsequious to their husbands and his negative connotation on marriage. Emilia’s decision to remain silent drives the play and in the end causes it to turn tragic with multiple deaths. Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage.
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.
He projects his feelings of Gertrude to the only other female character in the play, Ophelia. His mother’s sexuality has confused him so greatly, and cast him into great disdain towards Ophelia. When Hamlet says, go to nunnery quote, maybe he is really speaking to his mother. He is sickened by her relationship with his uncle, and wishes her to stay clean, to only be his father’s lover. At the same time, there is tension between Hamlet and Gertrude.
It is seen that women in the Elizabethan era do not have a much free will and the women depend on men for telling them how they should act. Hamlet reacts to Ophelia’s betrayal by mentioning that, “Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go, and quickly too. Farewell” (3.1.127-130). Ophelia is losing Hamlet’s trust due to her dependency on Polonius and Claudius when she shares Hamlet’s private love letters with Polonius and obeying his advice to stay away from Hamlet.
Although she too is insulted by Hamlet because of her femininity (“get thee to a nunnery, why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?” (3.1.313-314)), she is a weak character because of her family structure (a brother and a father) and the men in her life. Hamlet and Polonius have such a significant power on her character and her life that her death is the very result of these two men. Shakespeare makes Ophelia an unfortunate character, whose demise comes from actually obeying her father’s wishes. Furthermore, while Hamlet is sexist towards his mother, Gertrude either intentionally or mistakenly saves her son’s life by drinking from the poisoned pearl cup. She goes against her husband’s warning, “Gertrude, do not drink / I will I beg you pardon me,” (5.2.287-88) and for the first time in the play, gains confidence to act according to her own will.
Firstly, Gertrude followed a wicked man willingly. It was revealed that she did in fact knew of Claudius’s sinister ways when Hamlet confronted Gertrude in her bedroom chambers, and Hamlet chastised his mother for all her wrong doing and the murderer she proclaims to love. Gertrude could not handle his scorn and asked Hamlet to stop, because the guilt was too much to bare. She did not react to Hamlet calling Claudius a murderer or denied it, but Gertrude did run to Claudius after the confrontation with Hamlet. It can be heavily assumed that she knew of his wicked ways, but only seen him as her loving husband.
She is also scared for Hamlet during the duel against Laertes which ends up being a trap to poison Hamlet and kill him. Gertrude has made poor choices that can make her look like a villain but actions that also make her look very caring. Gertrude’s actions are responsible for a lot of Hamlets madness. In the beginning of the play, before Hamlet discovers the truth behind his father’s murder, he is upset at his mother because she remarried quickly. Not only did she remarry quickly but married her dead husbands brother, Claudius.
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. Shakespeare's audience also sees how hypocritical this makes Lady Macbeth when she scrubs her hands to rid herself from the guilt of murder. She is also ambitious because she only wants Duncan killed so she and Macbeth can be king and queen of Scotland. After Macbeth kills Duncan, he too becomes ambitious in that he is paranoid and ready to kill anyone who may seem to be plotting against him. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine.