Society And Its View On Women In Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Society And Its View On Women As Seen In Hamlet
It is not doubtful that women treated badly around the world, especially in western societies. As a result, Shakespeare reflects upon this issue in his plays to show how women were treated in Elizabethan society, for people at that time used to look at women inferior to men. They despised them and prevent them from their absolute rights. In " Feminist Criticism: Female Characters in Shakespeare’s Plays Othello and Hamlet ", Sara Ekici discusses that women in Elizabethan age played limited roles in the society; they were weaker than men, and they did not have choices because they were controlled by their fathers when they were single, and controlled by husband when they are married.
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To a nunnery, go, and quickly too. Farewell. (3.1.136-140)
Therefore, Hamlet is responsible for Ophelia's madness because he used her to prove his madness. Furthermore, we don't see any scene in the play Hamlet tells her that he loves her so she becomes optimistic of his love except in the last act Hamlet shows his love towards Ophelia when he says " I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love/ Make up my sum." (5.1.269-271) However, he was too late because at that time Ophelia was in her grave.
Because of Ophelia's Death, Ophelia, although she represents a weak character in the play who are controlled by others, she violates the patriarchal authority and wanted to express her own voice when she committed suicide which is against the Christian law as Chen in "Pregnant with Madness—Ophelia’s Struggle and Madness in Hamlet" concludes.
Consequently, Shakespeare used Ophelia to represent an innocent woman. As shown in UKESSAYS's "Ophelia As An Innocent Victim" states "Ophelia is a representative of most innocent women who fall into the trap of uncaring men with selfish gains with the aim to use the unsuspecting women". Thus, Ophelia represents those women who suffer from being free and having their own point of view in Patriarchal
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