As the daughter of Polonius, she only speaks in the company of several men, or directly to her brother or father. Since we never see her interactions with women, she suppresses her own thoughts in order to please her superiors. Yet however weak and dependent her character is on the surface, Ophelia is a cornerstone to the play’s progression. One way that her manipulation is key to Hamlet’s plot is when Polonius orders her “in plain terms, from this time forth/ Have you so slander any moment leisure/As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet,” (1.3.131-133). She complies with his wishes, agreeing to return any tokens of Hamlet’s love to him, verify t... ... middle of paper ... ...course, ultimately infuriates and intensifies his urge for revenge.
Ophelia, as the protagonist’s love interest, generally would occupy a role in which the main character would be openly smitten with her. In Hamlet, rather the opposite is true. Ophelia’s character is very obviously in love with Hamlet, however, her father and b... ... middle of paper ... ...in that the most important men in her life expect differing things of her. Therefore, she also finds herself caught in the middle of a male feud. Ophelia and Gertrude’s positions are typical of the positions that women were placed in at the time Shakespeare wrote the play.
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.
Shakespeare’s literature exemplifies creativeness and powerful word use to create bodies of work with strong attributes that grab the reader’s attention. Midsummer’s night dream is an example of some of Shakespeare’s best work. The thesis of this essay is Hermia’s father, Esues wants his daughter to marry someone that he approves of and more importantly he wants someone for her that is respected by the rest of society to admire. This play has love, drama and characters that follow their hearts. Hermia is told she is not allowed to love or marry Lysander by her father.
She goes against her nature in loving Othello, by ignoring the obvious differences in many aspects, such as age, race, and status. Although Desdemona is the perfect woman, she is still subject to objectification by her husband, Othello. Being this figure of perfection, she adheres to the concept of the Elizabethan wife and husband relationship, by admitting to her father that she owes herself to Othello. In the Duke’s council chamber, she declares to her
Shakespeare used Gertrude and Ophelia to show how the men seemed to do as they wished and women were forced to follow. It provides the power that the male towards the woman. The dependence of women on men may have traditionally been a factor in their lives; however, in today's ever-changing society, women have become more and more independent to overcome circumstances such as these. Not only were the women manipulated by the male characters, but they were also controlled by their beloved ones.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare portrays a similar relationship between men and women. He allows men to hold the higher position in the drama. Women are treated as lesser people, and the belief that women should listen to them, and do as men tell them to, is upheld throughout the play. Women are portrayed in one of two ways; virtuous or promiscuous. Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exhibit how men in this era view women.
Ophelia’s favorite line throughout the play appears to be “ I shall obey, my lord” (1.4.136), even when she does not agree with what she is being told to do or say. Her actions throughout the play are often greatly shaped by the thoughts and wishes of the men in her life such as Hamlet, Polonius and Laertes. During the second act of the play, Ophelia expresses her concern for Hamlet’s growing madness and decides to speak to Polonius about the situation. When Polonius questions if she has had contact with him, she explains that she has not and that “ as he did command/ [she] did repel his letters and denied/ His access to [her]” (2.2.109-111). It is undeniably evident that Ophelia is forced by Polonius to keep away from Hamlet, even though she enjoys spending time with him and explains that, “ [Hamlet], of late made many tenders/ of His affection to [her]” (1.3.100-101).
We become aware of Desdemona's determination when she marries Othello, despite accusations from Iago that she is under a spell and is deceiving her father. When her fiancé is accused of bewitching her, she immediately defends her love for him. "And so much Duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father, so much that I may profess due to the Moor my lord". Like many of Shakespeare's other female characters, Desdemona does not embody the stereotypical role of sixteenth century women. When Shakespeare wrote Othello, women had few rights and little power in society.
Laertes is warning her that even though Hamlet’s affections might be sincere now, they will not last. He also warns her that Hamlet may not be free to make his own choices regarding who he takes as his wife because “he himself is subject to his birth” (I.iii.21). Hamlet was born above Ophelia, and therefore, he must marry above her. It is apparent that Laertes feels affection for his innocent young sister and is trying to protect her. Ophelia listens to everything that he says and tells him that she will contemplate everything he has told her.