Victimization In Hamlet And A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Victimization is the act of showing cruel and unfair treatment to a person. There are many different ways people can show the act of victimizing a person by physical, emotional, and even verbally. In this case four women being verbally by the men that controlled them in the plays. In Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the women were very much treatment unfairly from the way they were talked to, and the duties they had which was all chosen by men for them live their life. But despite having the same characteristic as being victimized the four women Ophelia, Gertrude, Hermia, and Hermia have different life styles that contradict how the others live as women in the society. William Shakespeare presents victimization and submission through the roles of women by contrasting their lifestyles and portrayals of the different women in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ophelia was a young woman that was always submissive and obedient to her father in every one of her life’s decisions. Ophelia’s relationship with her father unveiled her vulnerability and weakness. Ophelia didn’t have a mind to…show more content…
Think yourself as a baby” (Shakespeare 47). In the novel, there is a conversation between Ophelia and Laertes that is uncommon for an older brother and younger sister would have. Laertes says “Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain, if with too credent ear you list his songs, or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open to his unmaster'd importunity” (Shakespeare 41). This conversation explains how Laertes is an over protective brother, and tells her to protect her virginity, but instead of giving Ophelia an option to find out how Hamlet is for herself he gives her no option but to stay away from him. Ophelia doesn’t know what’s best for her, because she always followed and obeyed her father and brother, so whatever they said she believed was the best choice for her

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