El Chapo Essay

975 Words Aug 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Shreyash Patel
April 24th, 2016

In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Shakespeare reveals the tragedy of the young prince of Denmark, Hamlet. After the ghost of his father, King Hamlet, appears Hamlet and tells him that his very own uncle Claudius, killed his father, Hamlet swears vengeance. Claudius took over Denmark and married Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, making Hamlet hate Claudius. Gertrude, Hamlet’s friends and his love Ophelia all die during his mission to kill Claudius. Hamlet does eventually avenge his father by stabbing Claudius with a poisoned blade, but also dies from a scratch on the back from the same sword used in a duel. Feminist theory focuses on analyzing the inequality between genders. Feminist
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I mean yes, it is a fathers duty to tell his child what to do, but if there isn't a rational reason for Ophelia to listen to Polonius and she still listens, then is there is an obvious “asymmetrical relationship between women and men” (Steve Henderson). Male dominance in Hamlet is especially illuminated during Ophelia's death. Though Gertrude says, "So fast they follow, your sister's drowned, Laertes"(4.7.160), she also states that " Her clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like a while they bore her up, which time she chanted snatches of old lauds"(4.7.172-174). Instead of trying to save herself, Ophelia accepted her death and sings while she slowly draws away into the water. This ultimately means that she is represented as weak and is to dependant on Polonius because she turned mentally ill (lunatic) only after he dies. Secondly, the most acclaimed relationship in the play can be arguably Hamlet and Ophelia. Though Ophelia is Hamlet's love and people do think his madness is because of Ophelia, Hamlet does evoke dominance in the relationship they have. During the act of the players, Gertrude asks Hamlet to sit beside her, Hamlet replies with "No, good mother. Here's Metal more attractive"(3.2.100). Despite the fact that "sexual objectification could be an open topic of conversation"(Steve Henderson), male dominance in this relationship is largely shown during this conversation:
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