Social Inequality In Hamlet

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Society Must Break Free from its Social Status Traditions Vera Nazarian states, “A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given.” In the society of William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, inequality is portrayed when the women of their society have a lower social status than men by exploiting their imperfections. As a result of their perceived tragic flaws, the women of Shakespeare’s time are considered inferior to the males of their society. These tragic flaws that these females possess are that they are unfaithful, are easily manipulated and are dependent on men. To begin, Gertrude demonstrates her unfaithfulness as she marries…show more content…
Throughout the play, Gertrude always heeds to Claudius advice and commands such as when he tells her to leave Polonius and him while they spy on Hamlet to see the cause of his madness. In spite of this act of eavesdropping, she still responds that “[she] shall obey [him]”(Shakespeare 3.1.37) for she believes that this will help them determine what is wrong with Hamlet. Yet, during the fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet, Claudius poisons a chalice of wine so that he can poison and kill Hamlet. However, this plan backfires when Gertrude makes her own decision on drinking the chalice. Even though Claudius tells her not to, she refuses and replies, “I will my lord, I pray you pardon me.” Thus, the only decision that she herself makes in the play leads her to death, which indicates how essential men are in Gertrude’s…show more content…
Gertrude trusts Claudius to identify Hamlet’s source of lunacy. But little does she know that Hamlet’s craziness is caused his vengeance for the death of his father, which is ironic because the person Gertrude trusts the most is the person that Hamlet seeks his revenge on. Furthermore, Gertrude portrays to be hopeless without men when she makes her own decision by drinking the wine. However, this decision causes her to be poisoned, which shows that Gertrude makes poor decisions in life, which is why she must rely on men. Although Gertrude is in a place of royalty, men do not treat her as respectfully as they should she is a women. In addition, Ophelia proves to depend on men when the most vital men in her life continue to leave her until she is left alone. First her brother Laertes departs to France, and then Hamlet abandons his love for her because he accuses her of betraying him, and eventually travels to England. Finally, Polonius who is the person she loves the most and the most loyal towards is slain by Hamlet. Hence, this results in Ophelia to have a mental breakdown and leads to her madness and eventually she begins insane songs and hands out flowers to Claudius, Gertrude and Laertes. The violets that she mentions represent her faithfulness toward men and her faithfulness dies out due to the fact that the most important men in her life desert her. For that reason, the women in their society are hopeless

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