Essay On Ophelia And Gertrude

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Women are the real architects of society Some believe that men are rulers or in control of everything. It may even be thought that men are the cause of most disasters in the world today. There is also an outlook on women, that they are innocent and only take responsibility for emotions instead of actions. Hamlet by William Shakespeare depicts how Hamlet falls victim to an adverse outlook on women in the play. The women in this play, Ophelia and Gertrude, take the role of what today’s society thinks a man should act as or have an impact on. Firstly, the daughter of a Polonius in Hamlet, Ophelia, effects the play in many ways as well as, Gertrude, the mother of Hamlet. They give many examples of how a woman can bring inconvenience or distress to one’s family. This sort of distress eventually leads to the death of several characters in the Shakespeare’s play: King Hamlet, Polonius, Ophelia, Gertrude, Laertes, Prince Hamlet, and King Claudius. According to “Intimate Friendship with God” by Joy Dawson ,”Women can be a stepping stone, which makes a pathway easier, or a stumbling block, which makes it difficult in relation to holiness.” In this case, Ophelia and Gertrude would be looked on as stumbling blocks to their families. “Frailty thy name is woman,”Hamlet(Act 1.Scene 2. Page 15. ) meaning these two women can also be portrayed as weak or fragile based off of the play. Ophelia would be a main example of how weakness can be labeled onto a woman. In addition, Hamlet is the main
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