William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, Ophelia, Laertes And Laertes

1308 WordsJul 16, 20156 Pages
For many years in the past women played a small role socially, economically and politically. Many works in the literature demonstrate this during the Elizabethan Era. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia, Hamlet’s love and also the daughter of Polonius. She is a prime example of this as her father implores her to see Hamlet further more because of the possibility that he takes her name and her virginity. Ophelia truly loves Hamlet and was devastated when he shuns her in addition to pretending to be mad. She was affected by many of the decisions as well as the actions of the male characters in the play, including Hamlet, Polonius and Laertes. Throughout the play, women are very dependent on men. Men felt superior to women during Hamlet 's lifetime, in which they thought that they could make the women’s decisions and try to change how their thoughts and feelings. During this time, women were treated as the weaker sex because they had no voice of their own. Women were expected to be pure and innocent while men could be as immoral as they so desired. As for Ophelia, she depends on Hamlet for his love and then later on in the play she becomes strongly frightened by Hamlet and his actions. Hamlet treats Ophelia disrespectfully and mocks her. Hamlet commands her to go to a covenant rather than to give birth to more sinners. He adds insult to injury as he rudely commanded Ophelia with such bitterness “ Get thee to a nunnery, go. Farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs
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