The Oppression Of Women In Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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“A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.” This quote by Vera Nazarian relates all the way back to the beginning of time when women were treated as less than men. Some have argued that gender equality has always been an issue throughout our world and has never quite gone away. Gender Equality is a predominant issue in the Shakespeare play Hamlet as the two women leading roles, are characterized as weak, obedient, and are used as tools of manipulation by the men characters . Ultimately, Shakespeare illustrates a sympathetic image of Gertrude and Ophelia as their downfall can be based on how sexist men of this time were.…show more content…
So, self expression was not appropriate and it was seen as a disgrace for women to go on stage. In the eyes of William shakespeare, acting was considered a man’s profession. This is why women’s roles were played by men. Women were not allowed to express themselves or given the opportunity to take the stage until the 1600’s. The perception of women in the early 1600s really shows in Shakespeare’s play because he betrays both of the women to be weak and obedient.
Shakespeare starts the play by making Gertrude look foolish and weak in act one. Right after the death of Gertrude’s husband, her brother in law Claudius, manipulates her to marry him so he can fill his thirst for power. Shakespeare shows Gertrude to be gullible and weak because she marries Claudius two months after her husband’s death. Gertrude’s weakness in act one causes the whole audience to lose respect for her and even her son Hamlet talks about his loss for respect. As Claudius betrays himself as a loving, caring, stepfather to Hamlet, Gertrude foolishly believes
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