In Hamlet, written by Shakespeare, Hamlet treats women awful. His mother, Gertrude, convinces Hamlet that women are untrustworthy because she betrayed King Hamlet by marrying Claudius so soon after his death. Hamlets acts extremely rude towards Ophelia. Hamlet has issues with both Gertrude and Ophelia; thus, he does not treat them kindly. Hamlet disapproves of his mother’s marriage to Claudius.
Hamlet has a pressing sexual desire for his mother Gertrude and that is what drives his hatred for women. Hamlet probably feels like he can not trust anyone because his own mother let him down. Hamlet surely thought that his mother Gertrude dearly loved his father Old King Hamlet, now he may feel like his mother never loved his father. This may result in why he feels like he may not love Ophelia. We are also aware that Hamlet has trouble with his own happiness and this probably reflects on the way we feels towards people mostly women.
She thinks that they have come to see her and she insults them by saying to her father “I pray you sir, is it your will to make a stale of me amongst these mates?” (Taming of the Shrew 1.1.57-58). Katherine acts like all the men chase after her but she does not want anything to do with them. She goes on to disparage Hortensio after he says they do not want her
A man (her father) told her what to do and then attempted to blame her as if it was all her idea. Men as her father are at fault. Only men are the ones who are depriving Ophelia from any true thought. And this shows that there is sexism going on throughout the span of the play. After being told to do something they expect her to do as she told and have created a diluted image in their heads that a women should be well behaved and should act upon request.
The enigmatic Gertrude is one of the hardest characters to analyze in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. With no soliloquies, it makes it more challenging understanding her point of view during the play. By looking at her actions based on her unjust choices and how her character affects Hamlet, it makes it more clear to interpret her. By basing her character off the decisions she makes, eventually they lead to a downfall of others, such as her son. In the play, Hamlet by Shakespeare, the mysterious Gertrude makes the questionable decision to marry Claudius, and this unwise action that follows the decision affects Hamlet’s character making him more mad and thus changes his view on women during this time period.
In the play, the females are commonly referred to as untrustworthy objects, things that are put on the shelf when men become bored of them. In the beginning of the play, Claudio asks Benedick on his personal opinion of Hero, the conversation very quickly turns to the act of buying her and whether she is worthy of Claudio’s hand in marriage. Benedick valued Hero’s beauty and obedience so highly that she was deemed worthy. The fact that men objectify the women makes it clear that the men believe the women have no real voice in any matter; women’s only purpose in life was the serve the man, they are there for the taking and meant to be submissive. This author believes that men in the Elizabethan era viewed women as untrustworthy and unfaithful by nature due to the frequent joking of cheating and cuckolding.
A story about deception, illusion, impulsiveness, noting, and shallowness; these are all characteristics of the play Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare. The play is about a young women, named Hero and a man, named Claudio, falling in love almost immediately after the war and decide to marry in the next few days. However, the prince’s evil brother does not wish to see his enemies rejoice, so he organizes a ruse to shame Hero and halt the wedding from ever taking place. Shakespeare critiques many aspects of his society through his satire and portrayal of different characters; which is apparent when looking at the character Claudio. Claudio is a soldier who worked closely with the Prince and became one of the top men of his army.
Brabantio, now questioning his daughter’s loyalty, spoke “If she confess that she was half the wooer, destruction on… [Brabantio’s] head if… [his] bad blame light on the man”. Desdemona, the woman herself, was then called forth. With a straight back and set eyes, Desdemona said to her father “... [she is] hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband”. Brabantio shook from the sting of betrayal and his mountain of anger.
Men all over in Hamlet share the same opinion on women and believe their actions are okay. Both Hamlet and Polonius treat Ophelia as a lesser person and cause her to feel all kinds of emotions such as powerless, worthless, and not good enough. Like anyone, these feelings caused her to go mad and ultimately caused her death. Gertrude is also characterized as weak and obedient which causes her to make unmoral and impulse choices. Their tragic deaths can both be blamed on the issue of gender
She is highly dependent on her father and brother, to the point where Ophelia allows them to make decisions for her, rather than herself. In Hamlet, Ophelia is not even allowed to choose her own love interest. She spends time with Hamlet, and the two seem to be very close for a while. Eventually, Polonius discovers that Ophelia has been having relations with Hamlet and her father criticizes her for it. “Marry, I’ll teach you.
Claudius also shows this when he tells Hamlet “Tis unmanly grief,” (I,II) basically saying that Hamlet is acting like a woman since he is mourning over the death of his father. Gertrude says “ I shall obey you,” (III,I) this shows that despite that she is a queen she has little to no power at all, because the men overrule the women. This play definitely shows a strong feminist critique through the way women are treated. Ophelia is shown to be told what to do and have all her
The point Jones’ maybe about misogyny being “the inevitable result” is directly reflected by the relationship Hamlet had with Ophelia and Gertrude. The lack of a strong women role in Hamlet, or even a women that loved Hamlet produced a misogynistic mindedness. He only had two women in his life to was “inevitable” who collective destroyed his view of women. If Hamlet would of had a more model mother or a love interest with a woman who loved him back, he wouldn’t have been misogynistic. The result of his mother being a heartless whore and Ophelia being a complete pushover and coward lead to Hamlet hating all women.
In Act 1 Hamlet says "frailty, thy name is women" (I.ii.146). He is demonstrating his despise of his mother Gertrude 's actions by marrying Claudius shortly after the king or her husbands death. Throughout the play we see that Hamlet has disgust with his mother for her lack of character and strength. Shakespeare uses good imagery throughout the play while describing Hamlet and Gertrude’s odd relationship, which makes the interactions between them two much more interesting. Another relationship is the one between Ophelia and Hamlet.
The language used here shows how bitter she is about marrying a hideous man, instead of the “handsome, broad-chested Montague.” One can note that Lady Capulet never says a positive word about the man that she married, yet speaks more highly of the father of the man her daughter married. A reader might find it interesting how paralleled Juliet and her mother are. Had Lady Capulet chosen love, she could have been dead like Juliet. Had Juliet chosen duty, she could have ended up in her mother’s shoes, married to a man that she doesn’t like or