It a play that I would suggest anyone to read if there looking for a great story! In this essay I plan to look into the character of Aphelia in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, to see whether she is a frail character and what factors contribute to this. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? Let me not think on 't; frailty, thy name is woman! On a larger scale, the society in which Shakespeare wrote agreed that most women were indistinguishable: women in general did not hold positions of prominence and did not demand recognition. The play, surprisingly, requires only a few very minor line changes to substitute a woman lead for the original male role. Ophelia also suffers the heartbreak of rejection by Hamlet which causes her to sing a happy love song, which therefore shows us there is more evidence in there being a method to her madness as she is singing over the love of Hamlet. Because all of the control lies with the men of the family or village, the patriarchal system often leads to abusive gender bias and violence against women, including rape and pregnancy that inevitably become the fault of the woman with the man or attacker bearing no responsibility or blame. However, today we find the use of this phrase in different contexts for describing not only the frailty of women, but also for describing other things. Gertrude is not dominated herself as a moral weakness.
This proves how the Queen wanted to marry Claudius hurriedly instead of mourning for her Old Hamlet. Any debate based upon gender roles must therefore focus upon these two characters. In 1981, Kingston won the Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction, an award that is given to the best artistic and creative talent gf. But it is soon revealed in his first soliloquy that he despairs more over the hasty remarriage of Gertrude than the death of King Hamlet. In fact, he is recalling the beautiful memories of his mother and deceased father. Both women have control not of their lives but of their deaths.
The source of the name Hysteria originally is from the Greek word for uterus, Hystera. He sees Ophelia as a simple-minded girl who does what she says and never questions the motives behind it. Instead, they both live their lives in the shadows of their controlling men. Hamlet remarks that he must do as his father asked and not punish him mother: Soft, not to my mother. Also I will look at Hamlets madness, whether it was real or not and also whether women could be the cause of it.
The audience is introduced to Gertrude when she is begging Hamlet to stay in Denmark, and not to come back where he was studying. In comparison to Gertrude, Ophelia always wants to please those around her, thus she loses self-confidence and becomes widely dependent on the men in her life. Hamlet is clearly a very misogynistic character. The men of the story assume women have no independent thought; that they were puppets. Similarly, behind Claudius and Hamlet are two unappreciated women who lack the willpower to demand to be listened to. William Shakespeare, Hamlet 1600-02 , Act I, scene 2, line A Feminist Reading of Shakespearean Tragedies: Frailty, Thy Name analysis of the major tragedies of Shakespeare Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and. Learn who said it and what it means at eNotes.
This is her father yet again taking control of her life and happiness when he suggests that they set up a meeting with Hamlet so that Polonium and Claudia get to spy on the situation and hear what Hamlet has to say. . Weakly betrayed her passion for Viola, appearing under the character of a cavalier, she acquiesces in her indiscretion by saying, For such as we are made, if such we be,Alas! Ophelia has an innate desire to please others, even if it means forfeiting her own feelings, and her obedience apparently springs from this. She relies on her father to instruct her and submits entirely to his will. We are arrant knaves, believe none of us; go thy ways to a nunnery. Some may say that it is here she is frail in that she does not stand up for what she believes or for her love for Hamlet.
It is finally with her suicide that thing for Ophelia change. Though Ophelia is capable of having thoughts and feelings on her own in the beginning of the play, Polonius and Laertes are eager to teach her to distrust herself. Frankly you could do with a little heavy foundation and a wig yourself; it might Just conceal the premature balding and all the frown lines you've accumulated from moping. Hamlet feigns madness to suggest to others around him of his mental instability and Ophelia is classed mad over the mourning of her father. The description itself makes it seem as if the water did not have to fight to bring her down but that it was actually very easy and with no trudge, portraying that Aphelia is in fact frail in that she could not fight harder and get herself out of the deep, dark hole in her mind that she had retreated into. This is her father yet again taking control of her life and happiness when he suggests that they set up a meeting with Hamlet so that Polonium and Claudia get to spy on the situation and hear what Hamlet has to say.
We soon discover that because of the patriarchal system in China during 1924, the pregnant woman was probably forced by a male in the village to submit to sexual demands Kingston. This provides the audience with a model of women's infidelity in Hamlet. Gertrude longing for the attention that she loses when her husband dies, quickly marries Claudius, her husbands brother. Each male character plays a key role in the cause of her suicidal death. Although adversaries, Laertes and Hamlet share several characteristics which make them similar, enabling the audience to learn more about each character individually.
Claudius and Gertrude,Hamlet's mother, tell Hamlet to get over his father's death. L 187-188 The significance of the violets are that they symblolize faithfulness and they all died because she felt betrayed that her father left her. From the beginning Aphelia is portrayed to us as a delicate, well spoken, respectful young lady but one who is being instructed and ordered by her brother to uphold the family name by not consenting to sex with Hamlet before marriage, even though she does voice her own opinions on the matter she does seem to obey and follow what her brother is firmly suggesting she does. He is gone, he is gone, And we cast away moan. Gertrude gives in to Polonius wanting to remain in her room during the closet scene thinking that she may need protection from her own son. I am myself indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. Aphelia is outside the family connections of these three characters but she still impacts the play with her bubble personality that she is force to do by her father and the manipulations and mistreatment of others.
Ophelia and Gertrude have little or no power due to restricted legal, social and economic rights that were found in Elizabethan society. Gertrude quickly longs for attention, and marries as soon as possible. She gets forgotten about and used by the powerful men in the play. Polonius believed it necessary to make decisions for Ophelia because she had no will of her own. The previously known explanation was that the king had died of a snake bite, but his ghost explains that he was poisoned so that. As Hamlet says in his first soliloquy: Within a month, Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married.