In literature, love is something studied quite often. From old English novels to poetry and modern works, love has always been expressed in many different ways; as each character portrays love and affection with a very diverse approach. Sometimes it is very difficult to determine if the love being portrayed is even real. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is not genuine because he has a misogynist attitude, he uses Ophelia for sexual intercourse, and he is only concerned with his outward appearance of loving her. As a result of these actions it is visible that Hamlet does not truly love Ophelia. A misogynist is someone who has a hatred towards women. In no way shape or form could a person bearing this quality ever love a woman. Hamlet is shown to be a misogynist as he voices his thoughts on Ophelia with that of a negative attitude. During Hamlet and Ophelia‘s Argument in scene 3, Hamlet says, “ Get thee to a nunnery.” (3.1.131). In breaking up with him, Hamlet is talking to Ophelia after she has returned some items that he had once given her. Ophelia has done absolutely nothing to Hamlet and in return he tells her to go to a nunnery, this is a place where one would be sent after committing adultery, it is basically a “ whore house” in a sense. These are extremely cutting words to be said to your girlfriend. This line displays Hamlets inner hatred for women as he protests against Ophelia to go to a nunnery as if she had been un-loyal to Hamlet, which she most definitely had not been. In Hamlet, Hamlet also shows misogynistic hatred through his mother. As the play progresses, there is more and more evidence of Hamlets misogynistic attitude. Instead of it just being towards his girlfriend, Hamlet also shows his attitude towards his mother. Hamlet, being angry at his mother exclaims his hatred in saying “Frailty thy name is woman.” (1.2.146). During this scene Hamlet destroys his mothers character as well as those of women in...
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