Role Of Women Essay

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The role of women in Hamlet Ophelia and Gertrude are the only two female characters in the play. There are many similarities between them: they're both fairly weak personalities, and they are both easily manipulated and dominated by the men in the play. And they both meet tragic ends, spurring the men in the play to further advance the play's central action. Develop these thoughts and discuss some more of the similarities between them. While their submissive personalities may be partly explained by the culture of the times, there are many Shakespeare plays that depict much stronger, more willful women. Why might Shakespeare have chosen these two women for this particular play? What is the significance of their weak characters and diminished roles? Shakespeare's characterization of Gertrude and Ophelia in Hamlet is paradoxical as it challenges as well as complements the contemporary social traditions and norms. Gertrude is the best example of this paradox that is manifested through her extraordinary supremacy over all the major characters of Hamlet, her influence in the court matters and state affairs and her blind obedience to Claudius. Ophelia is also active in her domestic domain but her interest are restricted to amorous and matrimonial maters only and they are further directed by his father Polonius and brother Laertes. She is an epitome of traditional feminist expressions of the age that require chastity, compliance and acceptance of male dominancy from women. Gertrude influence is wide ranging as it encompasses the domestic as well as the state affairs. Simultaneously she manifests the behaviour that is in consonance with the contemporary traditional view. She has the ability to captivate, fend off, or manipulate all important male characters for her own

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