Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius and the sister to Laertes, is the most one-dimensional character in Hamlet. Ophelia is beautiful and gentle and is in love with Hamlet; however, due to her father and brother lecturing her on the impossibility of their love Ophelia withdraws from Hamlet. Ophelia dependency on her father is to the point where it seems where she really can not function without him. However Ophelia does not protest too much, which shows another weakness, an inability to stand up for herself.
Elizabeth Tudor began her reign as Queen inand died on March 23, Thus, two of the most prominent individuals from sixteenth and seventeenth century English history lived as contemporaries. They interacted with each other at Court. Both walked the streets of London.
Shakespeare does give female protagonists power within many of his plays. In his comedies, the female protagonists act in authoritative ways with success. Yet, these plays do not address the role of women royalty. Indeed, the popular and politic writer can hardly divorce himself from societal concerns.
Undoubtedly the playwright considered current issues in his writing.
Scholars debate, however, the degree to which his plays should be interpreted as contemporary political writing versus universal philosophical statement. Jaffa criticize the limitations of interpreting Shakespeare within historical terms. Other scholars also contend that the historical depiction cannot be overlooked in significance.
His writing is largely topical and allegorical as he comments on the figures and policies of his time in relation to which, then, one can fix his political identity. Shakespeare opens a window on the nature of the Elizabethan world.
Not only does Shakespeare capture some of the cultural currents of the day, his writing has a decidedly political bent. He knows that the happiness of the common man is very much bound up with the question of who has power at the top.
Female rule lacked stability and thus contained an inherent danger. This danger resulted in an undefined anxiety among the English people who questioned whether Elizabeth provided fit rule.
In some ways, her gender itself suggested that she did not. The ambivalence centered directly on the conflict between her rule and her femininity. If a queen were confidently to demonstrate the attributes of power, she would nor be acting in a womanly manner; yet womanly behavior would ill-fit a queen for the rigors of rule.
Could a womanly queen lead the state through war? Could a womanly queen rule over male subjects? Could a womanly queen provide an heir without transferring power to her husband and possibly to his family?
And at a core gender relations level, was a woman fit to represent the great English nation?Shakespeare's Representation of Women Shakespeare's representation of women, and the ways in which his female roles are interpreted and enacted, have become topics of scholarly interest.
Women in power are treated with distrust by Shakespeare. They have questionable morals. For example, Gertrude in Hamlet marries her husband’s murdering brother and Lady Macbeth coerces her husband into murder.
These women show a lust for power that's often on par or surpassing that of the men around them. Title: A Room of One's Own Author: Virginia Woolf * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: txt Edition: 1 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII Date first posted: October Date most recently updated: July This eBook was produced by: Col Choat Production notes: Italics in the book have been converted to upper case.
Bereavement, says Hamlet's new stepdad/uncle, makes him appear weak, unreasonable, and without discipline —all things associated, in Claudius' mind, with women. Gee, with a role model like this, it's no wonder Hamlet's so messed up.
Misogyny is a version of the anger the hero directs toward the Other for destroying his old, self-centered world. Hamlet, like other heroes, rages against women when he loses his place in the sun.
- Linda Bamber, Comic Women, Tragic Men, Stanford Univ. Press., Stanford, p May 22, · In both the plays, Shakespeare has depicted the female characters opposite in one sense, yet similar in the other.
Both plays open with two decisive and daring women. In Hamlet, Queen Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) is as decisive and strong as Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth.
In the former play, Gertrude decides to marry her brother-in-law after.