Gertrude's Treatment Of Women In Hamlet

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Women of Hamlet In the past, women have played a minute role in society. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the women in the play are driving influences for the actions of the other characters. Both Gertrude and Ophelia affected many of the decisions and actions accomplished by Hamlet. Gertrude influenced Hamlet significantly throughout the course of the play. Shortly after the passing of King Hamlet, Gertrude marries Claudius, who happened to be the brother of her recently deceased husband. Hamlet was outraged by the actions of his mother with her remarriage to his uncle. After the interaction between Hamlet and the ghost of his father, Hamlet was driven to insanity because he was introduced to the news that his own uncle had poisoned his father in…show more content…
While on his quest for revenge for his father, the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia is inhibited by his madness. Though many would question the integrity behind Hamlet’s love for Ophelia, Hamlet truly loved her and tried to protect her. But because of his actions of murder against Polonius, Ophelia was driven to her death. Ophelia drowned while not knowing what was happening to her. This can be inferred by the fact that she flowed down the river singing and happy but in reality her heart was broken as was she. Ophelia was scared of Hamlet when his eyes were still fixed on her as he was leaving the room. She was hurt when Hamlet told her that he never loved her and how he was against the act of marriage. Hamlet tells Ophelia to get to a nunnery and evade nuptial, “"If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go: farewell" (Act #. Scene #. Line #).” But at the funeral of Ophelia, Hamlet confesses his love of Ophelia and states that he “loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not, with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her" (Act #. Scene #. Line #). Hamlet was willing to fight Laertes and even be buried to be by Ophelia. Ophelia depended on the men her life and felt betrayed by

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