Elizabethan Women In Hamlet Analysis

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During the Elizabethan era, women were qualified for their youth and purity. Women received little or no power because of legal rights. Men were more inferior and controlled the women's lifestyles. Elizabethan women were raised to be dependent on the males in their family. Throughout the book, Hamlet, there were only two women in the play who had minimal lines. In Hamlet, Shakespeare views women as naive in order to show the role of women during the Elizabethan era. In Hamlet, Shakespeare emphasizes the importance of Ophelia’s standards of youth and purity. In the beginning of the book, she accepts herself as being naive and dependent on the men in her life. When being told what to do, she replies, “I shall obey, my lord.” (1.4.145)

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