But at the root of it all is the relationship between Macbeth and his Lady, whose lack of knowledge and faith in themselves drives them toward insanity and a horrific fate. Their relationship does not represent nature, Shakespeare grossly exaggerated his masculinity towards women. Many of Shakespeare 's characters in Macbeth are so confused that it almost makes you think that he was not certain of anything. He had troubled relationships with women, his wife, for instance, definitely had a great impact on his writing. Yet, Macbeth is a play about
Living in a patriarchal society, women are constantly looked down upon and even more so following Hamlet’s mother’s decision of marrying his uncle shortly after his father’s death. Hamlet considers his mother weak because she completely lost her sense of reason and failed to remain faithful to her late husband. It is a common belief that women should always remain faithful after the death of their husband and if they don’t they are to be looked down upon. Shakespeare goes as far as to say that she will be punished for her faithlessness. He uses harsh and degrading language to further his belief that women are inferior to men, such as, “frailty, thy name is woman!” When Hamlet compares his mother to Niobe, he is saying that she is recklessly emotional, which translates to weakness among women.
Like most plays, they each have a protagonist with a so-called ‘fatal flaw,’ a lapse in character that leads to conflict within the story. For Much Ado About Nothing, the protagonist Claudio is gullible, and believes the lie that his love is unfaithful to him. In King Lear, Lear is prideful, and takes his daughter’s refusal to pour praise onto him as a personal affront. Another similarity between the two shows would be the use of misconception to further the plot. Lear believes that his daughter does not care for him and so takes away her inheritance, while Claudio believes that his betrothed has been unfaithful and so shames her on their wedding day.
This emotion causes people to do all sorts of things that they might regret later on as portrayed in Louisa May Alcott’s Novel, “Little Women”. After Josephine ignored her sister Amy for burning her book, both sisters felt awful for what they did. Theodore Laurence implored Margaret for forgiveness because he pulled a harsh prank that hurt her. Mr. Laurence regretted not having a good relationship with his son because of a silly fight that drifted the family apart. This feeling of regret teaches a person to learn, grow and flourish into a stable, patient
This is encapsulated in Hamlet exclaims, “frailty, thy name is woman!” about his mother’s hasty marriage to her deceased husband’s brother (Shakespeare 1.2.150). In this quote, Hamlet is dismissing all women as weak-willed like he believes Gertrude to be, which affects his interactions with Ophelia also. Hamlet is cruel to her because of this anger he has towards women in general, so when pretending to be mad, he goes “full force in the misogynist rage” when telling her he used to love her, but now she should go to a nunnery (Traub 192). Ophelia can be seen as weak in this scene because she protests little against Hamlet and only hopes that his insanity will end. These crude comments Hamlet says to Ophelia continue throughout the play until Ophelia is being buried when Hamlet asserts that he loved Ophelia.
Her husband was Claudius’ brother, so that act was seemed very weird at that time by the people; they believed that was an act of incest. So it’s understandable why Hamlet was very upset at the first moments, even reading several times the play we don’t know if she knows the plan that killed her husband, but there’s a little information to declare that. Some readers can see Gertrude as a silly women Shakespeare(1514) and citing Hamlet she is a “most pernicious woman’’(p.130) with no loyalty towards his father’s memory and lack of selflessness, which by the way at Shakespeare time were seen as the precise qualities that a perfect wife must possess. But I wonder myself that was attitude was due to the patriarchal
Another factor is that her old husband was healing Dimmsdale, her ‘illegitimate’ lover. Hester and her daughter Pearl lived with mistrust, the townspeople were disgusted by her, and would never trust her even after her sentence was lifted. Relationships can stand on the grounds of mistrust and isolation, but they may never thrive on it due to the fact of trust and companionship being the key factors in a relationship. This was shown throughout both The Scarlett Letter and Ethan Frome in a variety of ways, including the lack of true companionship in both novels and also the complete lack of trust held by some characters in both
This story connects to the “Short & Happy life of Francis Macomber” because both wives are dissatisfied with their husband’s behaviors and cognitive abilities which results in their desire to slay them. Generally, despite any attempt their husband makes in order to mature or perfect life, the wives always seem to find some reason to not appreciate them. Furthermore, each wife had this feeling of indifference for life that always left them feeling undesired, trapped, and unfulfilled. For example, this indifference is shown by Margot Macomber when she kisses Mr. Wilson for being more masculine and brave than her husband. However, she begins to feel bad about her decisions once her husband begins to become brave when hunting the Buffalo.
Throughout the play is Hamlet quite spiteful toward women. Some would say to a misogynistic extent. He orders Ophelia, for example, to "go to a nunnery" and tells his mother, Gertrude, "frailty, thy name is woman" even though Hamlet is not very strong willed person. He is always split between his decisions and can never make up his mind. Hamlet is not a solid character with a clear path to achieve his goal.
From the beginning of the novel, Hamlet proves to be very melancholy, and upset with his life. His father’s sudden death, and his mother’s quick remarry did not help his case. That being said, his emotions lead him to his insanity. Many people claim that Hamlet’s insanity is feigned, but his actions based on things that have happened in the past, prove otherwise. Very shortly after the tragic death of King Hamlet, Gertrude, his wife, immediately remarried to Claudius, making the mourning process quite uncomfortable for Hamlet.