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Hamlet Character Analysis

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The women within Shakespeares’ ‘Hamlet’ are victims of their societies constricting view of the female gender, thus displaying that the eponymous character of Hamlet is motivated by his frustration at the perceived weakness of the feminine gender. The quotation, “frailty thy name is woman”, introduces the concept that women were thought of a weak, and only empty characters within their society. Within Shakespeares’ ‘Hamlet’ woman are victims of their societies constricting view of the female gender, thus displaying that the eponymous character of Hamlet is motivated by his frustration at the perceived weakness of the feminine gender.
Within ‘Hamlet’ the presence of feminine figures is limited to the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia: both of who are fated for a tragic demise. In fact, the character of Ophelia “appears in only five of the plays twenty scenes”, as noted by feminist Elaine Showalter. The lack of feminine presence of the play displays the patriarchal dominance evident in their society. This provides initial evidence of the constricting societal values. As aforementioned the two female characters both meet a tragic end by the conclusion of the fifth act. Her own husband poisons the Danish queen Gertrude, albeit an accident: “The drink, the drink! I am poisoned!” and after she utters this she falls to the ground, dead. Evidently, Gertrude falls victim to the hands of the patriarchy. The death of Ophelia further exemplifies the constricting view of the feminine
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