Theme Of Women In Hamlet

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There is an interest in literature with well written female characters. Simple readers and well renowned critics alike all seem to greatly enjoy the concept of a well written woman. Modern authors, such as George RR Martin, who write these “interesting women” are still questioned today about where this comes from. People seem to have a fascination with women being written as intelligent beings, with their own important, motives. This fascination is often held mainly around just women characters who are just written as real women. Martin stated that the reason he writes women the way he does is embedded in the easy fact that he has “always seen women as people.” A simple response that has come along with such success in writing more well written characters. The more realistically women are written, the more characters there are for readers to relate to. However, this rule does not seem to apply to the most successful writer in English history: William Shakespeare. Shakespeare rarely wrote strong or interesting women, and due to the sexist mentality of his era, he could easily get away with this. His plays often depicted a very vivid image of gender roles in the time, explaining how women were treated and how, as a result, women acted. In one of his most successful plays, Hamlet, he portrays only two women in a very harsh light, mainly from the perspective of a man who hates women. The women of this play rarely think for themselves, and are constantly victimized by the mental
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