Sexism is obscenely visible in his very own, Hamlet. Sexsim is the prejudice or stereotyping, typically against women solely because of their gender. In Hamlet, Shakespeare shows absolute disregard for women when he uses Lord Hamlet as someone who blames women for his sanity, by making them seem weak, vulnerable, and submissive due to the time frame, and using women for certain topics or occurrences needed to keep the story going.. In Hamlet, Lord
Paradox in Romeo and Juliet shows that there are different kinds of characteristics in shakespeare. Shakespeare uses paradoxes to show differences between the two leading families in the story of romeo and juliet. For example “love and hate” shows that romeo and juliet are truly in love but the families are enemies and don't get alone with each other at all. Many of these feelings are opposite such as “loving hate” or “happiness and sadness” for example when juliet finds out that Romeo is a montague she exclaims that “My only love is sprung from my only hate” then that leads to a discussion with Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence uses paradox when he describes earths as a nature's tomb and womb because the tomb reflects images of death while a womb
Admittedly Friar Lawrence did agree to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret in Act II, but he did this in hopes that it would end the feud, and his intentions can be seen in this quote, “ In one respect all thy assistant be; For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households’ rancor to pure love”(Act II scene iii). The feud is a major reason for Friar Lawrence allowing Romeo and Juliet to be married. Friar Lawrence's actions disprove the claim that he is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths since his actions were ultimately caused by the feud. Therefore, Friar Lawrence did not cause the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and the claim that he is responsible is invalid. In spite of this, the feud is still the cause of Romeo and Juliet’s
Juliet has become more impulsive in making decisions. While talking to Romeo about marriage, Juliet says, “If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow, by one that I’ll procure to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the rite; and all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay and follow thee my lord throughout the world.” (II. ii. 149-154) Romeo and Juliet converse about their love for each other. Juliet then hears the nurse coming so she makes an agreement to marry Romeo secretly.
Prior to the 20th century, women have always been perceived as inferior to a man. It was a man’s world, they ruled the family, the workplace, the government and much more. In most modern nations reforms paved the way towards a just and equal society between the genders. This was not the case during the shakespeare’s era, even with a queen in power, all women were objectified. Shakespeare utilizes the play “A Midsummer Night's Dream” to convey the objectificatiffications–rooted from male dominance–that women have to bear, even by people who are supposed to be their biggest supporters.
“Balance is the Key” In the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, the gender of a character determines many things in his/her life. There is a lack of balance between the masculine voice and the feminine voice in the time period the play was written in, giving women the rough end of the stick. However, one of the messages Shakespeare conveys throughout the entire book is that if feminine values are kept in mind, balance between the Polis and the Green world can be achieved much easier. The statement that Shakespeare makes about the flaws in a male dominated society is shown by comparing when women’s voices are suppressed to when women stand up for themselves and in doing so, bring balance between the masculine and the
At one point in the play, the Friar decides to turn a simple plan into something complicated that results in both Romeo and Juliet dying. When Juliet demands Friar give her a solution for her problem, he responds: “A thing like death to chide away this shame, / That cop’st with death himself to scape from it” (4.1.74-75). The friar could have taken the situation of Juliet wanting to die by telling her that death is not the solution and to talk with her parents and tell the truth. Instead, the Friar decided to take this simple situation and made it complicated by telling Juliet she needs to fake her own death. Then, when Romeo and the Nurse are concerned about Romeo and Juliet’s Marriage, the Friar thinks he can fix the situation by saying: “To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends, / Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back” (3.3.151-152).
Hamlet has warned her earlier that whatever he tells her in the future will not be true but, when he tells her he does not intent to be with her it starts the beginning of her madness. When Ophelia returns all his letters and gifts he tells her that he has never loved her and that she should “get thyself to a nunnery.” This is one example how his mood changes throughout the play. Then after all this her father, Polinous, is murdered by Hamlet. The Hamlet is sent away to England All of these actions result in her feeling such stress that she becomes insane in the end. In the final scene Hamlet dies, but before he does he leaves some important words, “As thou 'rt a man, Give me the cup!
Juliet finally leaves the chapel and goes home to initiate the plan. Unfortunately, the plan falls apart as Romeo is never notified of Juliet’s death being a hoax, causing him to commit suicide after having killed Paris in a duel over Juliet. Juliet then wakes up to the sight of her dead husband. Her feelings of grief and despair are too much to bear, which prompt her to also commit suicide. If she had listened to the sage advice of the Nurse and married the County, Juliet, Paris and possibly Romeo would still be alive.
The book is centrally based upon male dominance, and on how the women are constantly put down by the gods or overruled by them. Treating women with inferiority is a warning sign of a possibility of something being sexist. With inferiority playing a huge role throughout the book that makes the Iliad a sexist work. A work like
Come, I’ll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns”(V.iii.168-170). It is realized all the planning that Friar Laurence put into this plan he knows because now Romeo is dead and he wants to leave Juliet in monastery they are too deep into the plan to get out. Yet another demonstration of how much they thought about the plan. These quotes represent the rash decisions they made in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Their age caused them to not think about what they were doing.