Essay on Hamlet By William Shakespeare : A Feminist Perspective

1297 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
In the play Hamlet written by Shakespeare there are many turn of events creating suspense. Later on, Hamlet goes on to a rampage, when finding out his father is dead and then uses others to get what he needed. Poor Ophelia is unable to fight back all those against her as she slowly goes insane. When this play is read from a feminist perspective, the way it is interpreted the work is in the mindset of advocating for women 's rights. The feminist side of things shows how women are represented, but we would rather have a fair representation. Ophelias’ death was caused by the raging madness of Hamlet.
Ophelias’ brother Laertes told her to make haste and to avoid Hamlet before she even goes to see him. Laertes states, “For Hamlet, and the trifling of his Favor,/Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,/A violet in youth of primy nature,/Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,/The perfume and suppliance of a minute,/No more,” (Shakespeare I, iii 5-8). In this scene, Laertes is about to leave town and he is basically telling Ophelia that Hamlet is a big flirt and a hot-blooded youth. It is also brought up that Hamlet is being sweet right now, but later on, his affection won’t last any longer. If you look at this from a feminist lens, it seems as though Laertes is being sexist and not wanting either of their reputations ruined by Ophelias’ young love Hamlet, and he also thinks that since he is the oldest son then he should be able to tell his sister what to do.
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