Hamlet - Role of Woman

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Role of Woman
In Shakespeare's Hamlet the women in the play are driving factors for the actions of many other characters. Though they may seem ignorant of all the corruption around them, women are still responsible for the corruption throughout the play. Both Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, and Ophelia, Hamlet's love, affected many of the decisions and actions done by Hamlet and play a passive role in the play’s action, but they are extremely important in exposing the play’s themes – in particular Hamlet’s misogyny. Gertrude and Ophelia are both manipulative characters that entice men around them and ultimately become the motivation for all of the tragic events throughout the play.   Gertrude influenced Hamlet significantly throughout the course of the play. lives in the shadow of two kings. Her first husband – Old Hamlet was murdered and yet “within a month”, she married her brother-in-law, Claudius. Hamlet was very angered by his mother's remarriage. Hamlet even termed the marriage as incest. It would appear that their marriage is procured for convenience rather than love. Gertrude is completely unaware that the man she married is the murderer of her first husband. It would appear that their marriage is procured for convenience rather than love. Gertrude is completely unaware that the man she married is the murderer of her first husband.Hamlet's fury is displayed when he throws his mother on the bed and says, "Frailty, thy name is woman" (Act #. Scene #. Line #). This shows his extent of anger because he makes a generalization that all women are weak. This is said even before the Ghost appears and when the Ghost of Old Hamlet does appear, he confirms this – saying that Claudius “won by lustful sin, the heart of my most seeming virtuous queen”. As a queen, Gertrude is ineffectual and as a mother, she is insensitive and blind to her son’s distress. She asks Hamlet; “why seems it so particular with thee?” to which he replies “seems madam, nay it is, I know not...
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