In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a young prince named Hamlet is shocked to learn of his father’s murder carried out by his uncle and his mother’s incestuous marriage with his uncle. Hamlet is undoubtedly angry and upset at his mother for remarrying so soon after the death of his father and begins to believe all women act in the same manner as his mother. Through Hamlet’s harsh treatment of the female characters, Shakespeare portrays an unjust distrust towards all women and their presumed potential for betrayal. The queen’s impetuous remarriage ruined Hamlet’s opinion on womanhood. 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 also feels intense betrayal from his mother. He trusted her and feels like she has disregarded any love she ever felt towards her former husband. " Mother, you have my father much offended." (III; iv; 11) " A bloody deed-almost as bad, good mother, As kill a king, and marry with his brother. (III; iv; 29-30).
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.
"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.
His attitude is totally unjustified. “Frailty thy name is woman,” is the summary of the feelings towards women for the entire play. Gertrude cannot spare any time to grieve over her late husband; she must find another man to rule the kingdom. That man turns out to be her late husband's bro... ... middle of paper ... ...r own actions. Some would say that all the men died of their own stupidity and pride.
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
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.
Hamlet follows the story of the mentally troubled Prince Hamlet in his mission to kill his uncle, the man who killed his father. To make matters worse, Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, also becomes an extension of his anger and confusion, referring to her as an “incestuous/adulterate beast” (I, v, 42-43). She uses her motherly charm to hide her sexual activity and enjoyable lifestyle. The narration of Hamlet’s family dysfunctionality holds a powerful presence, especially after Hamlet’s pure view of women becomes corrupted after marrying his uncle. The act of marriage to the uncle was seen as complete evil and led him to question the validity of his mother’s marriage vows, causing him to be confused and depressed.
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.
He becomes furious because to him he feels as if his daughter has no love for him. In this Act Cordelia explains to her father that yes she does love him as a father but most of her love must go to her husband b... ... middle of paper ... ...hat they have greater power and a greater ego then Lear does. There are several symbols throughout the play. The storm in the middle of the play symbolizes the chaos that is going on threw Lear’s mind. It also symbolizes his anger and madness towards his daughters, which is why the storm is so severe.