“Frailty, thy name is woman” (I.ii.150). The most significant reason for Hamlet’s first soliloquy is based on how he feels about “woman”, mostly referring to his mother. Hamlet shows no respect towards his mother. Shakespeare tries to show Hamlet and other male characters as assertive men. However, in Shakespeare different plays women play a variety of roles.
She often acts as a mirror to Hamlet, bringing out the worst in him with her helpless idiosyncrasy. This helplessness causes her to be unable to make her own decisions and constantly seek the assistance of a male authority figure. Ophelia is repeatedly for her sexuality, similar to other women in the play, on opposite ends of the spectrum. Her father and brother see her as the purest virgin woman whose innocence is everlasting while her lover sees her as a vulgar whore who is unfaithful and deceitful. Her inability to comply with these vast standards causes madness in Ophelia and consequently, her death.
Hamlet only sees the ‘incestuous behaviour’ from Gertrude though and as for him, she represents women in general, he is suspicious of all women. We do get a view of Gert... ... middle of paper ... ...odshed that he predicts is going to happen. Hamlet is often sceptical against women. He says to Ophelia ‘or is thou wilt need marry, marry a fool, for wise men know what monsters you will make of them.’ This shows how bitter he is towards women and how bitter he is towards the world. This bitterness may be because he feels he has been betrayed by the 2 main women in his life.
She complies with his wishes, agreeing to return any tokens of Hamlet’s love to him, verify t... ... middle of paper ... ...course, ultimately infuriates and intensifies his urge for revenge. Because of Gertrude’s refusal to acknowledge her sins, Hamlet becomes even more personally motivated to kill Claudius for revenge. Queen Gertrude, though ignorant, has a huge impact on the play because her betrayal and abandonment motivates Hamlet to get revenge. When writing Hamlet, Shakespeare created a complex play that relies on the roles of two important women to aid the progression of the plot. Although Queen Gertrude and Ophelia rarely speak, they function as a way for the men become informed about Hamlet’s mental state and motives for madness.
Hamlet is known for his madness and his indecisiveness. Another aspect of his character is how he treats other characters in peculiar ways, specifically the women in the play. Gertrude and Ophelia are the only female characters in the play, and their characters are formed by their interactions with Hamlet. Gertrude and Hamlet have a relationship that leans toward sexual tension and Hamlet seems to be disappointed in his mother. Hamlet’s father and king has died before the play, and now Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, is now king and has married Gertrude.
Emilia and Iago’s position on marriage can frequently be uncovered though their reflections on both men and women. Iago first introduces Emilia as a whore and cheater, which foreshadows the later tragic dénouement because he later accuses Desdemona of being a whore resulting in her death. Iago testified, “‘you rise to play and go to bed to work’” (2.1.3). He is revealing that she has no greater purpose than going to bed with him, or other men; carrying out the sole reason women were created. Her husband, the person who vowed to be with her the rest of her life, talks to her like she is not worth anything.
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
Within the play female characters are used as a divergent from the main plot and as distractions to the main characters. The females in the play are protrayed as beining unfaithful and easily manipulated by the various influnces. The women in the play are seen as objects by other characters and they dont serve much of purpose, they dont aid Hamlet in killing Claudis, instead they keep him from acheving his goals. Shakespeares past negative experiences with females has greatly influenced how he potrayes Gertude and Ophelia.
Hamlet basically tells his mom (Queen Gertrude) to shut up and sit down, and Laertes tells Ophelia that he holds the key to her mind. Since Hamlet is notoriously the worst to the female sex, we will start with the assault on his character. Hamlet said "Frailty, thy name is woman,“ thus Hamlet believes his men are the epitome of stability and strength, right? Not really, but Hamlet's attitude toward women is definitely sexist and biased, and his hate seems to emanate from his revulsion at his mother's marriage to Claudius, which he considers “unfaithfulness” to his dead father. His attitude is totally unjustified.
It’s fairly evident that he has l... ... middle of paper ... ...s one of many who act as a pawn in Iago’s manipulation and, even in her attempts to help him, is repeatedly berated by his misogyny. However, at the end of the play, Emilia proves herself to be the sole character that Iago underestimates and fails to accurately predict. While he effortlessly manipulates the behavior of others, Iago is ironically unable to understand and control his wife, the person he should know best. Although she was initially subservient to the male domination of society, Emilia ultimately acted in favor of morality rather than duty. In her understanding of what had really happened, her loyalty shifted from patriarchy to companionship.