When his father died, he returned home in vengeance. When his sister went crazy, his first reaction was anger and pain, but it then turned to anger seeing how affected she was by her father’s death. Later on when she dies, he storms out filled with rage and at her funeral, he was crying so much that Hamlet fought him to prove he was affected more. Hamlet and Laertes are character foils for one another.
Hamlet is a play full of questions and mystery causing many of the characters to change as it progresses. But they all seem like a minute change when compared to the immense change of Hamlet. One of the characters that changes a lot throughout the play is Ophelia. At the beginning of the play she is presented as a beautiful naïve young lady who is in love with young Hamlet. She is a very obedient girl as she will do anything her father tells her to, for example: in act one scene three, Ophelia speaks about her love towards Hamlet to both her brother, Laertes, and her father, Polonius.
Convinced that the love was real, Ophelia is slapped in the face with some harsh reality. "You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not" (Hamlet 160) exemplifies the external conflict she is facing and how she had been fooled all this time thinking their love was real. Now she is in conflict with herself because she feels as if she could have conserved her time and maybe listened to her father. Shakespeare includes this encounter to show the readers yet again that the challenges Ophelia is facing is interfering with her.
By observing the monologues with a superficial glance, one is lead to an arguably superficial motivation for each character. Hamlet seeks the sweet release of death and questions that if he were to “end the heart-ache” due to his father’s passing, that it would be worth the payment of his soul in Hell. The motivation of the contemplation for suicide then is perceived as heart-ache, and the tone of it underlies the monologue, such as when Hamlet mentions “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” implying a poor drawing of fate due to his father’s murder (3.1.58). The other option debated in the monologue, to murder Claudius rather than himself, does not arise until much later in it, it being first referenced in
His world's perspective is being influenced by the confusion he has with his mother's behaviour. The queen, Gertrude, once "... Followed [Hamlet's] father's body, like Niobe, all tears ... would have mourned longer - married with [Hamlet's] uncle" (I.ii.150). Hamlet compares her mother to Niobe who cried for a very long time for her children's death that she turned into stone. Gertrude does a similar act towards her husband's death but only for a short period of time. She finds her happiness from the love King Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, gives her two months after which seems to be unbelievable to Hamlet.
She left a suicide note saying that she was going to meet her father in a parallel universe. Elizabeth’s life also suffered the consequences of a poor relationship between father and daughter. It’s evident that the lack of a normal father push her towards depression. Leading her to take away her own life. Mark’s mother have to survive to this tragic events.
Throughout the acts, I can see how Ophelia needs guidance and cannot make her own decisions. Ophelia, in my opinion, is a character who is needy and seeks attention. In the beginning of the play, we can already see how naive Ophelia is, when in Act I Scene III she takes in the words of her father and is obedient to his advice about Hamlet. Ophelia does not significantly change in the play. She spent her time worrying about what other people thought about her that she forgot to focus on herself.
In the 1400’s, women's lives were completely dependent on men. They were raised to not do anything for their own interest, but for the interest or benefit of the men in their lives. Women were not at all seen as equals to men, and especially not so if they were unmarried. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet’s life is influenced by the dominant male figures that surround her. Juliet’s gender is what forces her to be dependent on others and their decisions, which will eventually lead to her death.
Chopin acknowledges the fact that women should do a certain thing and if they don’t do that certain thing than they will be punished by being yelled at, as shown in the quote, “He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it was not a mother’s place to look after children, whose on earth was it? He himself had his hands full with his brokerage business” (Chopin page 6). Chopin illustrates an example of Edna (the women character in the book) getting scorned at because she was not able to do a “natural” capacity. In “The Story of An Hour” also by Chopin, Chopin conveys the emotion going through this women (main character, the women, that was not named) when she was notified of her husband 's death, but these emotions had to be concealed because it would be deemed unnatural and the women knew she would get punished.
“Bad girls” violate patriarchal sexual norms in some way: they’re sexually forward in appearance or behavior, or they have multiple sexual partners. Men sleep with “bad girls,” but they don’t marry them. “Bad girls” are used and then discarded because they don’t deserve better, and they probably don’t even expect better. They’re not good enough to bear a man’s name or his legitimate children. That role is appropriate only for a properly sub‑ missive “good girl.”
According to researchers, every 16.2 minutes, at least one person attempts suicide. Suicide is never the answer, but there are multiple characters in today’s literature that show the impact of the events leading up to the ultimate decision. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia takes her life because of the actions the individuals around her did. But, that is not the argument. The argument is that the people around Ophelia are not to blame for her committing suicide, it is Ophelia’s own fault, prompted by the madness surrounding her.
For the duration of the play, Ophelia was portrayed as a naïve and submissive woman. Her passivity and powerlessness reinforce the voicelessness of women during the Elizabethan era. For example, “I shall obey, my lord” (I.iii.134) shows that Ophelia concedes to her father’s will, even though she believes Hamlet’s love is genuine. She is willing and expected to obey her father despite the fact that she still loves Hamlet, which emphasizes her character’s submissive nature. Furthermore, in Act I Laertes warns Ophelia that it would be shameful of her to love Hamlet, and she responds with “I shall the effect of this good lesson keep as a watchman to my heart” (I.iii.45).