Ophelia is able to reveal to Polonius that Hamlet has affection for her. “‘He hath my lord, of late made many tenders of affection to me!’... ‘do you believe his tenders as you call them?” Ophelia wants to believe that Hamlet is being sincere revealing a feminine way to look at an affair, but Polonius shuts down her perceptions about Hamlet. Feminist analysis comes into play with the male intentions versus the female emotions.
They told Macbeth that he was going to be king, and told Banquo that his children were going to be king. With the knowledge that there is a possibility to become king, along with the selfish human nature, noble Macbeth was easily swayed by this prophecy. At first, Macbeth’s conscience took care of his ambitions, he was afraid he would betray the king, because he knew that he was “his kinsman and his subject” (1.7.13). However as the three witches continue to encourage Macbeth with carefully chosen words, he eventually pushes his conscience away and committed crimes that were dishonourable. Macbeth, easily controlled by his ambitions, loses his noble and heroic title in fear of losing his power.
He is “fated” to become king – this is known to the weird sisters, who also know that ambition is his hamartia. In this way, they orchestrate this “hurly - burly” and are keen on watching the catastrophe unfold before them. Considering the fact that these thoughts that “shake” the “single state” of Macbeth only take place after hearing the prophecies of the weird sisters, one can deduce that his own uninfluenced ambition would not have led him to such disastrous actions. Macbeth tries to console his “black and deep” desires by telling himself that “chance” will give him the crown, but the weird sisters awake such a murderous ambition within him that he cannot tame his own mind and consequently finds himself following a “dagger of the mind” to commit an action so grievous that the trustworthy soldier within him will never have enough peace to “sleep” again.
This lack of women could be caused by requirements to actors – men played both types of roles, and it could be difficult to find enough amount of travesty. The period of time also affected women’s behavior in the play. Both Ophelia and Gertrude were quite obedient and passive. These traits led to their death. This applies especially to Ophelia who did not demonstrate the presence of own opinion and easily became deranged because of Hamlet’s behavior and father’s death.
The first argument is that everyone believes the truth to be what they’re told is true and what they’re used to as it seems almost paradoxical to question it or study it seriously and objectively, one such thing people believe to be the truth is that women are inferior to men. The second argument argues that as women have never been in power before, it is only because of this that men believe that women are inferior and would be incapable of holding power as they are regarded as the weaker sex. This in effect makes women themselves believe that they would not be successful leaders and instead they bow down to the opinion of men about themselves. The third argument presented is that the past has aided to the faulty opinion that the sexes are not equal. In the past when both men and women were considered equal, the women began to become weak due to the aftermath of childbirth and so they spent their time more inside taking care of the children.
The poor, the rich, and everything in between. Power plays a big role in Macbeth as Macbeth himself strives to become king, with Lady Macbeth pushing him along, and the Wyrd Sisters lining his future in front of him. Macbeth, the worst combination of greed and power, at first lacks motivation, but soon strives for his own advancements with little regard of the well beings of those around him. ” Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo.
'See what Mr. Oscar Browning says, ' he would say; and there was not only Mr. Oscar Browning … there was an enormous body of masculine opinion to the effect that nothing could be expected of women intellectually” (Woolf 528). The quote provides a statement: masculine opinion alleged women to be intellectually inferior. This is not fact, just opinion. Having never broken the boundaries of male belief, women could not excel, as the patriarchal way of thinking forbid this. I see this as a matter of difference, and since Anna Quindlen is well versed in female-male relations, being a wife and mother to two boys, her view is studied.
Piper Gonzalez Mrs.Orona English 4 6 February 2018 Hamlet character analysis essay “With new power comes abuse of power” (Rose).. As the father of Ophelia, Polonius feels he has some right to power. He wants power but not for the right reasons. Polonius plays a game of he said she said in order to manipulate the people around him in pursuance of power. In the play, Hamlet, William Shakespeare utilizes the character Polonius to show that the abuse of power, manipulativeness, corruptness, and social status can support his obvious discontent with the life he lives.
Testing a man’s manliness during this time era is an assured way to receive any wish, so that is what Lady Macbeth did so precisely. In fact, Wayne C. Booth notes in Shakespeare for Students, “She twits him for cowardice, plays upon the word “man,” making it seem that he becomes more a man by doing the manly deed.” It is evident that Lady Macbeth already realizes how to maintain control over her husband, so what would the purpose of being unsexed be? She deliberately uses her charm and questioning of Macbeth’s manhood to develop his contrasting feelings into what Lady Macbeth believes. If pursuing additional power is what Lady Macbeth desires, no explanation will ever make sense because she possesses a myriad of competence that directs Macbeth straight toward the path of her ambitions for him to become King of
Friar Laurence adds many twists to the plot, such as marrying Romeo and Juliet, and giving Juliet the fake poison. The first reason why Friar Laurence is important is that he plays the important role of the mediator. He always gives neutral advice, and wanted to end the feud between the two houses for a long time; “In one respect I'll thy assistant be/ For this alliance may so happy prove/
MADNESS, MOTIVATION, AND MORALITY: A MEDITATION ON CLAUDIUS’ POWER Aside from the governmental state of affairs that Hamlet is performed in, the play is inherently political in the relationships Shakespeare forges between the characters. Writer and scholar, Stefan Collini, defines politics as “the important, inescapable, and difficult attempt to determine relations of power in a given space.” These “relations of power” can be thought of as distributions, in which certain parties occupy more of the limited resource than others. The space of Hamlet revolves around the monarchy of Denmark, and the “important [and] inescapable” skewed distribution of power incites the conflict of this play.
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).
When discussing the topic of madness, Hamlet is a profoundly controversial topic. Some may define madness as the state of being mentally ill, whereas others may define it as a generally foolish behavior. Hamlet has acted strangely toward multiple people throughout The Tragedy of Hamlet; moreover, there are many examples throughout the text that support the assumption that he may or may not be acting mad. Starting in Act 1, Scene 4, Horatio is untrustworthy of the ghost that appears. He believes it is a spirit who has taken the form of Hamlet’s father, whereas Hamlet believes it is the spirit of his father.
In Act III, scene i of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, readers will come upon Ophelia’s soliloquy. After Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have failed to find a reason as to why Hamlet is acting in a peculiar and mad way, Claudius is persuaded by Polonius that the reason for Hamlet’s madness is the broken romance between Hamlet and Ophelia. To prove this, Claudius and Polonius plan to spy on Ophelia’s meeting with Hamlet. During their conversation, Hamlet denies ever having loved her and curses her. Ophelia is left fretting over his sanity.
To be depressed or not to be depressed, that is the argument. Depression is a common disorder amongst people, but just because you are depressed, it does not make you insane. We see this assumption made in William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. Many believe Hamlet was insane because of the way he acted and reacted towards everything. In reality Hamlet was depressed and enraged because of the actions of others towards him and his own emotions.