Masculinity In Hamlet

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The terms gender and sex are often used interchangeable; however, the definition and concept of these two terms are not substitutable. The term gender refers to the society’s definition of which, what could be described as a female to male categories. The term sex refers to the chromosomal differences in a person’s body of a male and female. William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is a historical tragedy play. Hamlet was written in the early 1600’s, which includes characters of the royal family and its subordinates. While Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, is a domestic tragedy play. A Raisin in the Sun was written in 1959 that includes the characters of African American middle class citizens. The societies of both plays demonstrated
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Both authors’ characterized males as the head of the family and that they are the one who should protect the females. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, social behaviors for males are to be manly, true to themselves, and controlling. For example as Polonius a kings men stated to his son Laertes, “And, above all, be true to yourself” (Shakespeare 1376). Polonius the head of his family is telling his son to go explore and find friends, which are either female or male and to test out whom they are. He is telling his son to be friendly with people, but to not become too attach to them, while being in dominate of the society by being true to himself. Moreover, Polonius is also being in control of his daughter, stating what she can and cannot do, in order to protect her from Hamlet. In addition, the masculinity of gender is also shown in Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry exemplifies how males are suppose to be the on in dominate of the society and how they should do what is best for their women. The protagonist of Raisin in the Sun, Walter stated, “ I tell you I am a man- and I think my wife should wear some pearls in this world!” (Hansberry 1530). This statement refers to what the protagonist deemed as manly, which is earning an income for the family and how he should support his women. Walter wants to do what is best for his
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