Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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Hamlet, a play written by William Shakespeare, is all about revenge. All is not well in Denmark where a king is murdered and his son is out to avenge him. The only two females in the play, Gertrude and Ophelia, are completely overlooked. The two have little role in the story and are only present when talking to one of the men. Gertrude lost her first husband and quickly remarried to his brother, Claudius. Her son, Hamlet, greatly despises her for it. Ophelia believes that she and Hamlet are in love and she is the cause of his madness. None of the men pay much attention to them unless they are being scolded or used in a plan. Ophelia and Gertrude have many similarities like how they do as they are told and are victims of Hamlet’s madness, yet are different like how they love Hamlet and how they react to death of a loved one. Throughout the play, Gertrude and Ophelia do exactly what the men tell them to do. Neither Gertrude nor Ophelia do anything without getting an okay from the men. Ophelia always listens to her father. When Polonius tells Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet, she does as she is told. Ophelia says, “No, my good lord; but, as you did command, I did repel his letters and denied his access to me.” (Shakespeare 2.1.120-23) She does this even though, just moments before talking with her father, she tells how she loves Hamlet and Hamlet loves her. Gertrude also does as she is asked. Polonius tells the king and queen about his theory on why Hamlet is mad. He asks the

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