Prince Hamlet, the Flawed Hero in Hamlet
Hamlet is about Prince Hamlet’s misperceptions that women are morally Corrupt. Hamlet’s misperceptions originate from Gertrude’s inappropriate behavior and ignorance and Ophelia’s malleable behavior, and throughout the play Hamlet is rude and cynical to the two main female characters. Hamlet makes a sweeping generalization based on his Mother Gertrude and Ophelia that all women are morally corrupt, and in doing so he demonstrates a lack of trust in Gertrude that contributes to his madness and leads him to more trouble.
The first time Hamlet is seen in the play he is angry at his mother for remarrying his uncle right after the death of her late husband, King Hamlet. Hamlet comments on his mother’s quick remarriage “Within a month, ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married. O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it cannot come to good” (Shakespeare, 1.2.152-156). To Hamlet, his father deserves more than about 3 months of mourning, and by remarrying Claudius so quickly, she dishonored the memory of King Hamlet. Queen Gertrude’s action was sinful and illegal and Hamlet had a right to believe Gertrude was morally corrupt. In addition to expressing his anger towards Gertrude, he makes the sweeping statement that all women are morally corrupt by proclaiming “Frailty, thy name is woman!” (Shakespeare, 1.2.146). Hamlet’s opinion of his mother continually grows worse when a ghost tells Hamlet of his mother’s adulterous behavior and his uncle’ murder. Although Hamlet promises to seek revenge on King Claudius for murdering his father, he is at first more concerned with the ghost's words regarding Gertrude. King Hamlet tells Hamlet not to be concerned with his mother but after the apparition leaves, it is the first thing Hamlet speaks of. Before vowing to get revenge for his father, he comments on the sins his mother...
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