Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff. In Hamlet too, Ophelia's death can perhaps be seen as an act of assertion and escape from the confining patriarchal world. The role of women in this play sets up a system of cause and effect, so we can say that they are essential to the play in contributing to the flow of the plot. I basically know the answer, I just want to see what you guys come up with for a modular answer. For Ophelia, this means that any willfulness she might bring to the relationship is overridden by her father's and brother's demands. A characteristic of Hamlet's personality is to make broad, sweeping generalizations and nowhere is this more evident than in his treatment toward women. Had it not been for Queen Gertrude, Hamlet would have never had the chance to kill accidentally Polonius.
Like Hamlet, who tells Ophelia 'get thee to a nunnery' in order to protect her chastity and remove his fear of woman's infidelity, Othello too wishes to erase Desdemona's sexuality and potential for infidelity. In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, women are portrayed as weak minded and unfaithful. It is isomorphic not with the play as a whole but only with the second phase of the tragic fable. After her death, Hamlet is distraught. Bamber, Hamlet's misogyny ceases at the point where he makes his voyage to England and arranges the execution of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. During the play many critics notice that Cleopatra and Antony switch roles, by Cleopatra acting more masculine, and Antony acting more feminine. Velma Richmond claims further that in Cleopatra we can find Shakespeare's 'finest embracing of the feminine'.
I do think, with submission, that the love of Hamlet for Ophelia is deep, is real, and is precisely the kind of love which such a man as Hamlet would feel for such a woman as Ophelia. Ultimately, Shakespeare examines the complexity of women by displaying the vast array of attitudes, emotions, and their treatment and reaction to men as well as refuting the typical subservient wife role. We see the things Hamlet says to his mother here as harsh and like his treatment of Ophelia it is something that leads us to question his decency and compassion. Hoy, 11 It is understandable Hamlet is. Cleopatra's sexuality, despite condemnation by the patriarchal men - she is referred to as 'strumpet' and 'whore' on various occasions throughout the play - is unhidden and unrestricted. Her reaction when she feels herself wronged is in very stark contrast to the reactions of Ophelia and Desdemona.
Since to Hamlet, Gertrude embodies the weaknesses of women in general, Hamlet's resentment towards Gertrude is also projected against women in general. Hamlet does this by accusing Ophelia and all of womankind of being deceitful and unfaithful. Some women are stronger than others, and their effect on the play is different for each one. Like chess pieces, they are moved about and influenced by the men they love with little say of their own; in fact, Shakespeare does not even develop their characters. More specifically, Ophelia and Gertrude were therefore created to see how romance, affection and love can truly drive a man insane. Understanding Hamlet's hatred toward his mother is pivotal in understanding his relationship with Ophelia because it provides insight into his treatment of Ophelia. It is clear Hamlet is infuriated with his mother and uses Ophelia as an outlet to express this.
This berates women's personalities and gave off a common misconception of who women really were at the time. Ophelia's feeling of guilt is reinforced by Polonius's insistence to King Claudius: But Yet I do believe The origin and commencement of this grief Sprung from neglected love Polonius's conviction, in which one can't help believing, stems from a mercenary desire to marry his daughter off to such an eligible husband as the prince of Denmark, rather than a genuine belief in his daughter's role in causing Hamlet's madness. This is certainly a convincing argument, for Othello all-too-easily accepts a stereotypical view of his wife based on the authority of a male voice. A human relationship is a logical or natural association between two or more people. Cleopatra's masculine qualities counterbalance the play, so Shakespeare provides us with a relationship of surprising equality.
One example is in the play, Julius Caesar. Unfortunately, his life was shattered by the death of his father and the second marriage of his dear mother to Claudius, a person whom he suspected to be responsible for his father death. This is certainly a convincing argument, for Othello all-too-easily accepts a stereotypical view of his wife based on the authority of a male voice. Therefore Shakespeare had to have men portray these women. Queen Gertrude's actions have caused Hamlet to see all women in a different light because she has taken away his innocence and love for women.
It is not, nor it cannot come to good. He fears that they will betray him like his mother did and cannot shake this thought from his conscience. God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another. Polonius is mistaken by Hamlet to be Claudius, and Hamlet instantly kills him without thought. Hamlet is not the only character in the play that does not treat women respectfully.
Lee 4 Apart from Ophelia, the betrayal of his mother causes Hamlet to have a negative view of women in general. Within such patriarchal confines the role of lover must be subordinate to the male's political role. The Elizabethan View of Women Women in Elizabethan times had few rights or luxuries. Women were suppressed by the males in their lives brothers, fathers, and partners and were always inferior. Whether they create the main conflicts and base of the plays, or bring up interesting proper and cultural questions, they have always been put in challenging situations. It was Katherina's rejection of that role and how Petruchio deals with it that the play centers on.
However we view his culpability, Ophelia suffers as a result of Hamlet's patriarchal values of womanhood. In reality, Ophelia obeyed her father and her monarch. Hoy, 11 It is understandable Hamlet is upset with his. By claiming this death for herself she re-affirms her self-hood. In Elizabethan England it was almost universally accepted that this was a God-given right, confirmed in the Bible.
So too, Cleopatra insists on fulfilling a political role against the wishes of the patriarchal men: when Enobarbus attempts to prevent her from doing so she replies in enraged determination: A charge we bear i'th'war, And as the president of my kingdom will Appear there for a man. He fears that they will betray him like his mother did and cannot shake this thought from his conscience. It should come as no surprise that although being a 16th century play, the exploration of female issues of tradition, misogyny, romance and mortality allows Hamlet's treatment of women to maintain a highly significant relevance in today's modern world. His prejudice helps clarify the issue of women's rights and how they are viewed throughout the play. Although Hamlet was pretending to be mad, he still loved Ophelia and was devastated by her disloyalty Dover Wilson, 111-112. Through his representation of womanhood, especially in the character of Cleopatra, Shakespeare indeed does transcend the stereotypes of his own time. A conception to which Cleopatra refuses to adhere.