Incest and Sexism in Hamlet

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In my readings of Hamlet, sexism was a immense element in the story. It is not fairly unambiguous where the incest comes in and who is involved, but the unorthodox relationships that have taken place shows how things were during the Elizabethan Age, or were they? My goal in this paper is to research the gender roles between the males and females in the story and to prove how women were treated during these times, and to determine who was involved in incest and sexism. The characters in focus will be Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and son of the deceased King Hamlet; Polonius, counselor to Claudius; Laertes, Polonius’ son who has returned home due to King Hamlet’s death; Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother and Queen of Denmark; and Ophelia, daughter of …show more content…
In the relationship between her and Hamlet, he desired her like bait. He only showed lust for her, and wanted her to fulfill his sexual desires. “The majority of the critics have viewed Ophelia as a week character, in both form and function, and many have dismissed her as a woman … she has been consistently viewed as the least complex of the principal characters of Hamlet, the least useful.” (Resetarits). Ophelia loses her identity as a woman as she becomes a pawn to the men.
Incest flows abundantly through this play like no other. The relationship between Claudius and Gertrude could be considered incest from Hamlet’s perspective even though they are not blood related. He sees his blood uncle and his blood mother together which tortured his conscience. Why did the thought of his mother having sex deter him so bad? Did Hamlet want to look to his mother for sexual comfort? Hamlet was said to have ‘Oedipus Complex’ which is explained as every sons supposed desire to kill his father and have sex with his mother. Whether this is the case is unsure the reason for him to be

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