There are two major female characters in Hamlet, the first is Ophelia. Ophelia is Hamlet’s love interest, and the daughter of Polonius - a faithful servant to King Claudius. On several occasions, Ophelia is disrespected and controlled by the men in her life. OPhelia’s father Polonius, was constantly dictating her life. He made his wishes known to her on several occasions in regards to her relationship with Hamlet. Polonius was also successful in getting Ophelia to help him spy and keep tabs on Hamlet. He tells Ophelia to stop spending time with Hamlet after a long talk about his intentions, “I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth, Have you so slander any moment leisure,As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.Lo...
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... think for themselves and be more independent, their fate may have been different. Although we have made great strides in the movement toward equality, our society still holds a stigma about women. The idea that women are weak and feeble is still alive and thriving. The fight has not yet been won, and it will continue to be an issue until the stigma is dismantled and destroyed.
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