Hamlet's Treatment and Ideas About Women

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EXAMPLE OF AN ESSAY ON HAMLET’S IDEA OF WOMEN

First, we should start with Ophelia, a beautiful woman who has won the love of Hamlet and who loves him dearly. Hamlet promise to marry her, however, he took her innocence (virginity), mistreated her, and finally left her. Ophelia unknowingly was a part of a trap set by her father Polonius and the king to find out the source of Hamlet’s madness, this made Hamlet completely angry and was the cause of his painful treatment to Ophelia this is why he tells her “...God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another. (lll.l.150) He thinks that Ophelia is in complot with her father that she is pretending to be too ignorant to know what she is doing. “… Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not born me” (lll.l.130-133) Hamlet tells Ophelia that he never loved her and that she should go to a nunnery rather than marrying and passing her genes on to children, who would eventually end up as sinners. In other words, he told her that if children turn out to be sinners it is their mother’s fault. At this point Hamlet doesn’t believe in marriage and woman, he never says he hates woman but his words demonstrates it …”I say we will have no more marriages. Those that are married already, all but one, shall live; the rest shall keep as they are. To a nunnery go.” (lll.l.150) the reader is left with much uncertainty about the true feelings of the prince for Ophelia. Did he really love her?

Hamlet shows his own disdain in just few words. In this case he is referring to his mother; however this is his point of view of woman in general. In this quote Hamlet is angry because his mother has gotten married with Claudius and did not remain devoted to her husband’s memory in the way a loving wife should.”O god a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer” (l.ll.150) To put the matter in other words,...
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