The Oppression Of Women By William Shakespeare And A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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The Oppression of Women
For hundreds and hundreds of years, women have fought for equality. This fight for equality, commonly known as feminism, has the ultimate goal of finding fairness politically, socially and economically for men and women. The movement is pushing for rights that women have been fighting passionately to receive for years. Women are mistreated because of their gender. This is especially prevalent in both Hamlet by William Shakespeare and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. One sees an inequality of rights and the mistreatment of women because of their gender in both works. The works share a common theme of women having significantly fewer opportunities than men. Men completely dominate the power system, women are forced to be obedient in order to survive and women are treated like objects rather than people.
In Hamlet and A Thousand Splendid Suns, men completely dominate the system of power, giving women little to no opportunities. Women have no opportunities because men are the ones that are in control, making all the rules. Because of the power that men hold, women are oppressed. This can be seen in Hamlet because there are only two female characters in the play. This alone confirms male dominance because there are significantly more males in the work, outnumbering the women and dominating the gender field. In this play, Ophelia goes completely mad after Polonius, her father, dies. She has no control over her decisions or her thoughts because…

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