Her husband, the person who vowed to be with her the rest of her life, talks to her like she is not worth anything. Along with the Renaissance time periods beliefs, Iago displays inadequate ho... ... middle of paper ... ...r husbands. Although a minor character in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, Emilia exists as a vital component to revealing his views on women being obsequious to their husbands and his negative connotation on marriage. Emilia’s decision to remain silent drives the play and in the end causes it to turn tragic with multiple deaths. Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage.
Some may argue that Ophelia is one of the causes of Hamlet’s ‘madness’ and his recoil from love. The reaction Hamlet has to Ophelia, at the play for example, allows us to watch Hamlet’s disintegration- he is crude and sexually offensive towards Ophelia which allows us to see the way Hamlet is changing throughout the play. Gertrude is also arguably crucial in displaying motifs of the play. Hamlet sees his mother as a representation of how weak and frail women are-she is the reason he views women in this way. This shapes Hamlet’s opinion of women dur... ... middle of paper ... ...Women, Madness and the Responsibilites of Feminist Criticism’ page 113 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)  Elaine Showalter ‘Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness and the Responsibilites of Feminist Criticism’ page 114 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)  Vieda Skultans, ‘English Madness: Ideas on Insanity 1580-1890’ (London, 1997) in Elaine Showalter ‘Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness and the Responsibilites of Feminist Criticism’ page 118 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)  Rebecca Smith, ‘A Heart Cleft in Twain: The Dilemma of Shakespeare’s Gertrude’ page 82 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)
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
“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.
William Shakespeare has many interesting female characters throughout all of his different types of works. Some of his women are leading ladies while others are just supporting characters that help move the story along. No matter the depth of the characters’ role, each lady gives some type of unthinkable personality trait that would be unique to women during Shakespeare’s time. Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear all have female characters that portray women who wouldn’t be seen during the time of William Shakespeare’s writing. It took creativity and skill for Shakespeare to get his characters around the censor who would check the plays.
Hamlet discusses his distaste in this situation and reflects on this as he tries to overcome the grief of losing his father. Of course it does not sit well with grieving Hamlet that his mothers new marriage has created a lust-filled environment, and that Gertrude has portrayed herself as a very sexual character. At the beginning of the she play she also continuously takes Claudius’ side over Hamlets. An excerpt from Rebecca Smith’s A Heart Cleft in Twain: The Dilemma of Shakespeare’s Gertrude analyzes Hamlet’s first soliloquy in the first act where he voices his disgust for his mother and his shame for her and women in general. In Rebecca’s passage, she states that “Hamlet's violent emotions toward his mother are obvious from his first ... ... middle of paper ... ...her in order to obtain his wife (Gertrude) as well as the crown to the kingdom.
In Act 3, scene 4 lines 52 through 93, Hamlet confronts his mother, Gertrude and explains his suspicions about his uncle, Claudius, being a poison that infected and ruined his mother’s soul. The passage gives readers a deep insight into both Hamlet and Gertrude Hamlet’s true feelings for his mother are exposed in a verbal attack as he explains Claudius is an unworthy man who seduced his mother and murdered his father. The conversation is important to the storyline of Hamlet because Gertrude’s character becomes more defined through her interactions with her son and greatly impacts how the tragedy plays out as she refuses to believe Hamlet when he explains Claudius is a villian. Hamlet feels very angry and feels his mother has abandoned and betrayed King Hamlet and himself. His ideas about her being a good pure Queen are proved false as she turns her back on her husband and marries his brother.
Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth, there are two prominent themes: the negative impact of women and ambition. In Hamlet, misogyny, or the strong dislike toward women are greatly shown throughout the play because of his mother Gertrude and his lover Ophelia. He believes that all women are weak, unable to think for themselves, and utterly submissive toward men just because of Gertrude and Ophelia's actions. Ambition is shown through Claudius' - Hamlet's uncle and Gertrude's new husband - character in which he goes great lengths to become king of Denmark. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is manipulative yet hypocritical when she tries to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan which causes a downward spiral into his insanity.
Although Hamlet loved Ophelia and Gertrude before his fathers died, the way Hamlet behaves towards them afterwards shows that the circumstances impacted negatively on his view of women. After his father’s death, Hamlet’s thoughts on everything changed. He thought that life was punishing, he could trust no one, and women were just game players trying to mess with the male population. “Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monster you make of them” (Shakespeare 3.1.133-134). Hamlet believes he is speaking privately with Ophelia, however Polonius and Claudius are spying on their conversation.
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.