Women Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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Women of Hamlet
Women are a very important part of this world although they are sometimes not portrayed that way. One would think they would be seen as significant because of the fact that women make up almost half of the world’s population. Throughout all of history, females have been considered the weaker sex. In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, women are portrayed as weak minded and unfaithful. The inability to correctly make important life decisions, a weakened mental state, and complete obedience to men all contribute to this point.
First, women are shown unable to make to make decisions; even simple choices, if made against a man’s advice, turn into chaos. At the conclusion of the play, Hamlet, Gertrude makes a choice that goes against what her husband wants:
QUEEN. The Queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.
HAMLET. Good madam!
KING. Gertrude, do not drink.
QUEEN. I will, my lord; I pray you pardon me. (5.2.262-64) Soon after this exchange of words, the Queen falls ill to the poisoned drink and dies. The only time she ever makes a choice for herself, she dies because of it. This adds evidence by showing she is not able to make a correct decision. Ophelia dies earlier on in the play of suspected suicide. She drowns after going insane over her father’s death, while her brother is left perfectly sane. Laertes may want revenge, but his wits are in good shape. Left without her father to make every single choice for
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