Gender Inequality In Hamlet Analysis

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Gender inequality is a distinguished issue in Hamlet, as the two leading women characters are weak, obedient and can be easily manipulated by men. Basically Shakespeare shows a sympathetic image of both Gertude and Ophelia as their break down can be blamed upon the narrow minds and the sexist men in the world. With this being said, there is more to Ophelia and Gertrude then meets the eye. Gertrude influences Hamlet significantly throughout the course of the play. Hamlet became very angry after his mother gets remarried to his uncle a few months after his father's death. Hamlet was driven mad when his father’s ghost appeared to him and revealed that Claudius was responsible for his death. Hamlet lost so much respect for his mother he started stating that the remarriage was incest. Hamlet’s madness is shown when he throws his mother under the bed and says “Frailty, thy name is women” (Act 1.Scene 2.Line 146). This shows his great amount of anger because he makes an observation that all women are weak. As a consequence of his mother’s action, Hamlet is ready to seek revenge against Claudius for the death …show more content…
Ophelia is Hamlets one love. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s urge to get revenge begins to get in the way of his relationship with Ophelia. There was a lot of evidence to show that Hamlet loved Ophelia a great deal but his aggregation drove her to death. Laertes, Ophelia’s brother address’ her not to get involved with Hamlet. He warns her that Hamlet doesn’t have his free will as he is the Prince of Denmark. This meaning he does not have the freedom to marry whoever he wants. Polonius, Ophelia’s father also draws the line against Hamlet. Polonius fears Hamlet will treat his daughter with no respect. He finishes the conversation by forbidding his daughter to have any further communication with Hamlet. Of course, Ophelia agrees to listen to her father faithfully and have no further connections with

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