Similarly, he blames his mother for marrying her dead husband’s brother, who is now the King of Denmark. Hamlet’s treatment for women stems from his mother’s impulsive marriage to his uncle who he hates and Ophelia choosing her father’s advice over him. Hamlet shows much anger and disrespect to the women in his life. Ophelia’s believing her father’s words breaks Hamlets heart, being the reason for his treatment towards not just her but his mother. Ophelia
In Act 3, scene 4 lines 52 through 93, Hamlet confronts his mother, Gertrude and explains his suspicions about his uncle, Claudius, being a poison that infected and ruined his mother’s soul. The passage gives readers a deep insight into both Hamlet and Gertrude Hamlet’s true feelings for his mother are exposed in a verbal attack as he explains Claudius is an unworthy man who seduced his mother and murdered his father. The conversation is important to the storyline of Hamlet because Gertrude’s character becomes more defined through her interactions with her son and greatly impacts how the tragedy plays out as she refuses to believe Hamlet when he explains Claudius is a villian. Hamlet feels very angry and feels his mother has abandoned and betrayed King Hamlet and himself. His ideas about her being a good pure Queen are proved false as she turns her back on her husband and marries his brother.
Hamlet discusses his distaste in this situation and reflects on this as he tries to overcome the grief of losing his father. Of course it does not sit well with grieving Hamlet that his mothers new marriage has created a lust-filled environment, and that Gertrude has portrayed herself as a very sexual character. At the beginning of the she play she also continuously takes Claudius’ side over Hamlets. An excerpt from Rebecca Smith’s A Heart Cleft in Twain: The Dilemma of Shakespeare’s Gertrude analyzes Hamlet’s first soliloquy in the first act where he voices his disgust for his mother and his shame for her and women in general. In Rebecca’s passage, she states that “Hamlet's violent emotions toward his mother are obvious from his first ... ... middle of paper ... ...her in order to obtain his wife (Gertrude) as well as the crown to the kingdom.
Furthermore, Hamlet’s misogyny continues as he disrespects his own mother, as he states, “She married—O most wicked speed! To post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets” (1.2.156-57). Despite his uncle Claudius being half the relationship, he continues to solely blame his mother for the act. Hamlet continues to hurt others for no reason, disturbing natural order. Additionally, Hamlet murders people for no good reason.
Prior to the opening of the drama, Gertrude was having an incestuous affair with her husbands brother, Claudius. Claudius then killed his brother (King Hamlet), and shortly after married Gertrude. Prince Hamlet could not handle this and was disgusted by the entire situation. He then decided to put on an "Antic Disposition," meaning that he will pretend to be crazy in order to find out the details of what is going on. Gertrude observes that Hamlet is not his usual self, and she feels responsible because her remarriage is so soon after her old husbands death.
For instance, Hamlet insults himself by comparing himself to a woman. After Hamlet complaining about how quickly others got over the death of his father, Claudius tries to get Hamlet to join in the merriment of his wedding by advising Hamlet: “Tis sweet and commendable … to give these mourning duties to your father but … tis unmanly grief” (Shakespeare 1.2.87-94). After reflecting on this in one of his many speeches about his flaws, Hamlet proclaims “Fragility, thy name is woman” (1.2.146). Hamlet compares his moment of weakness to women because he thinks all women are weak and by not getting over his father’s death so is he. Not only does Hamlet insult himself a woman but he also insults others in the same manner.
Hamlet blames Gertrude's incestous act for the death of his father. "A bloody deed. Almost as bad, good mother,/ As kill a King and marry with his brother" (3.4: 28-29). After King Hamlet's ghost had appeared before Hamlet to inform him about the reality of his death, Hamlet was overcome by anger. Hamlet's anger leads to a change in his view regarding Gertrude since he loses his mother-son connection with her.
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
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet spews extremely harsh words against his mother Gertrude and his love, Ophelia. Some people may claim that these venomous statements mean that he is misogynistic, but, in fact, Hamlet's anger towards Gertrude and Ophelia stems not from their sex but from their betrayal. Throughout the play, Hamlet viciously attacks more than just the women; he has contempt for every person that betrays him and his father. After he recognizes the magnitude of Claudius' deceptions, Hamlet describes Claudius as a "Bloody, bawdy villain! / Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless / villain!"
Hamlet’s deteriorating relationship with his current family is clearly evident. Since the ghost of Old Hamlet has told Hamlet that king Claudius was the murderer, Hamlet began to have a shaky relationship with his mother and the king. Hamlet is undoubtedly upset at his mother, and is enraged that she married Claudius, whom he clearly despises due to his differences from King Hamlet. This is displayed through the lines, “That it should come to this!/But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two: (140)/So excellent a king; that was, to this,/Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother/That he might not beteem the winds of heaven/Visit her face too roughly.” (1,2 140). This quotation identifies Hamlet’s Hatred towards his mother because of her decision to get remarried in less than two months to an individual with different characteristics than Hamlet.Hamlet uses words like “hyperion” and “satyr” to describe uncle Claudius and Old Hamlet.