Essay on Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

1269 Words Oct 12th, 2014 6 Pages
1. Throughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet the two main women characters are portrayed as weak, obedient and easy to manipulate. Ophelia has little alternatives as a woman in a patriarchal society and that is what divides her from Hamlet who could change his fate at any given time. Men control everything that happens in her life. Although Ophelia tries to do what is right she is submissive to her father, brother and king and falls right back into their skims. She is like a puppet and the men control every thought and every move. In a world controlled by men Ophelia as a woman has very few options. During William Shakespeare’s time women in England had very little rights. Shakespeare connects Ophelia to the women in that era where women had very little rights and had to obey the man in the house. As a woman in that era if unmarried they would have to listen to the father and once married had to obey there husband. In the text Ophelia is a very proper woman for her time. When her father tells her to stay away from Hamlets advances she simply replies with, “I shell obey, my lord” (1.3.135). Even though Ophelia believes that Hamlet is true to her, her father’s words are law and whatever he tells her she has to fallow. Gertrude, Hamlets mother is the queen who lost her husband very unexpectedly. In that time period people were not comfortable with a woman at the throne, a women involved in political power and dominating over men. Just like Queen Mary married Phillip the II of Spain so…

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