The Great Prince Of Denmark, Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

1487 WordsJul 17, 20156 Pages
The Elizabethan era consisted of a time where women were viewed as minorities in society and were often thought to have been devised in the weaker image of men. Being given limited political, economical and social freedom led to their diminutive role in literature. In contrast to this degrading trend, Shakespeare introduced femininity in a new light. He created female characters who contradict the stereotypes of his time, impacting both the plot and surrounding characters of his plays. One of his most famous tragedies, Hamlet, revolves around the great prince of Denmark, Hamlet, who encounters the apparition of his deceased father, the former king. The ghost asks that Hamlet seeks revenge upon Claudius, his uncle and new father, for it was he who murdered him and seduced the queen, as a plan to gain top status in society. Faking madness, Hamlet strives to kill Claudius, and although successful, many other lives, including his own, pass in the meanwhile . Ophelia, the daughter of the king’s top advisors, finds herself caught in the middle of this situation as people assume Hamlet has gone mad out of pure love for her. Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, soon faces the consequences of participating in her husband’s murder. Despite the women in Shakespeare’s Hamlet being classified as fragile and submissive, staying true to the beliefs of the time period, they are exceptionally significant figures in the progression of the plot in this bloody tragedy. This is demonstrated by Gertrude
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