The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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The Damage caused by Gertrude Shakespeare repeatedly tackles sexuality within The Tragedy of Hamlet. Sexuality is important when establishing the reasons for Hamlet’s desires, mood swings, and his constant struggle with gender identity because sexuality is in the center of it all. For example, highlighted in act 3.4 Hamlet argues with his mother, Gertrude, over the content of the performance that Hamlet directed. Hamlet outright accuses his mother of being a whore and of being deceitful for marry her husband’s brother. However, Hamlet’s angry is much more deeply rooted because his acting out against Gertrude is not simply because of her betrayal and incest-like sexual desires, it is more or so because now he has to question himself and his own sexual desires towards other women. This scene is pivotal because since he has lost trust in his mother, as a result he distrusts all women so his responses to sexual desires toward Ophelia are only lustful because that is all he can bare to give. Through analyzing Hamlet’s word choice, imagery, and tone it will be proven that his desexualiztion of his mother is the reason why he cannot love but only lust over Ophelia. Marrying Claudius, the king’s brother, is in fact the most treacherous sin in Hamlet’s eyes. This sin “makes marriage vows as false as dicers ' oaths,” and by the way these words are written it could be assumed that his tone expresses distrust of the words of gamblers (scene 3.4). Hamlet desexualizes his mother as a way to in turn desexualize all women and make him sexually invulnerable to pain, regret, and unfaithfulness that is presumably caused by all women. Inevitable Hamlet suppresses his sexual desires for Ophelia because there is no reason to trust women when Gertude h... ... middle of paper ... ...cannot question their own sexual desires without in return questioning his own. Hamlet sexual desires are not sparked as a result of Ophelia’s perusing him but is as a result of him pursuing her and constantly talks dirty to her. Earlier in act 3.2 Hamlet states “Lady, shall I lie in your lap,” Ophelia ignores his advances but Hamlet goes on and later contradicts himself. Hamlet goes from making advances toward Ophelia to two scenes later stating “Nay, but to live In the rank sweat of an enseamèd bed, Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love Over the nasty sty!” (3.4.103-106). There is a lot to break down in these few lines because in these lines he expressing an extreme hatred toward sex, something that in fact enjoys having. It is possible though that this sexual reaction is façade or how he acts with Ophelia may be the true façade. It is questionable
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