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.
Polonius uses Ophelia to tantalize Hamlet, as well as figure out whether or not Hamlet is truly “mad.” Polonius instructs Ophelia’s encounters with Hamlet, she confesses to her father that she does not “know what to think” and his response—“I shall teach you” (1.3.104-5). Hamlet is no fool, he is aware that affections of Ophelia are being manipulated by Polonius; thus, explaining why Hamlet felt no remorse when he unintentionally murdered Polonius. Because Ophelia is still young it is understandable that she honors and remains compliant to her fathers will, however this is not an excuse for Gertrude. “To us, Ophelia represents something very different. To outside observers, Ophelia is the epitome of goodness.
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 had easily broken her vows to her husband as easily as she said
In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, Hamlet the main character struggles to avenge the death of his father. Fear paralyzes him as he holds off on getting revenge on the new King Claudius, who stole the royal throne by murdering Hamlet’s father. However, it isn’t just fear that makes him hesitant as he reasons the situation. Hamlet hesitates to take action because he struggles with making his own choices, just like his weak-minded mother, Gertrude. Queen Gertrude is easily led by others, and is not characterized as a woman who can particularly think for herself.
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. Shakespeare's audience also sees how hypocritical this makes Lady Macbeth when she scrubs her hands to rid herself from the guilt of murder. She is also ambitious because she only wants Duncan killed so she and Macbeth can be king and queen of Scotland. After Macbeth kills Duncan, he too becomes ambitious in that he is paranoid and ready to kill anyone who may seem to be plotting against him. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine.
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.
Ophelia, the implied lover of Prince Hamlet, and Queen Gertrude, his mother, do not appear significant, but their actions and characters allow for other events to unfold. Gertrude and Ophelia are manipulated and belittled. In their weak will, they end up betraying Hamlet. Observing their manipulation by other people, Hamlet is able to justify and go through with his actions. Despite Ophelia’s weak will, the male characters respond dramatically to her actions, proving that women indeed have a large impact in Hamlet.
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet spews extremely harsh words against his mother Gertrude and his love, Ophelia. Some people may claim that these venomous statements mean that he is misogynistic, but, in fact, Hamlet's anger towards Gertrude and Ophelia stems not from their sex but from their betrayal. Throughout the play, Hamlet viciously attacks more than just the women; he has contempt for every person that betrays him and his father. After he recognizes the magnitude of Claudius' deceptions, Hamlet describes Claudius as a "Bloody, bawdy villain! / Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless / villain!"
He had been delusional about women by Gertrude’s actions. He is consumed by the absurdity of his mother’s love for his uncle and is justified to feel disgust towards his mother, her actions and implications and in doing so provoked hamlet’s unforgivable treatment of all women as a whole. Although Hamlet gives off the illusion that Shakespeare is enormously disgusted by the female race Hamlet’s outlook doesn’t really reflect Shakespeare’s attitude of women. In Gertrude’s choice to marry so soon after her husband’s death she transgresses the patriarchal bound of femininity. She refuses to remain in passive grief and obedient devotion to his memory.
This is because Hamlet and the ghost of Hamlet are both very biased as they feel a sense of injustice at Gertrude's marriage to Claudius, her brother-in-law. For example, Gertrude is chiefly seen as very uncaring and "unrighteous," as the "incestuous" marriage, according to Hamlet, was carried out with "dexterity" and scarcely a month after King Hamlet's death. This depiction makes the audience form a very strong opinion of Gertrude from the outset. It creates an ominous feeling about Gertrude as the first insight we get into her character is given by people who have been hurt by her in some way. This suggests that she is someone to watch out for and that Gertrude is weak and unable to live without a man who can provide self-protection.