Gender in Hamlet

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Language Arts
Subject:
Literature
Grade:
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Gender in Hamlet

OpheliaI shall the effect of this good lesson keepAs watchman to my heart. But, good my brother,Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,Himself the primrose path of dalliance treadsAnd recks not his own rede. (Act 1.Scene 3. Lines 49-55)Here Ophelia is standing up for herself and calling out her hypocritical brother.

Lord Polonius […]From this timeBe somewhat scanter of your maiden presence.Set your entreatments at a higher rateThan a command to parley. For Lord Hamlet,Believe so much in him, that he is young,And with a larger tether may he walkThan may be given you. In few, Ophelia,Do not believe his vows, for they are brokers,Not of that dye which their investments show,But mere implorators of unholy suits,Breathing like sanctified and pious bawdsThe better to beguile. This is for all:I would not, in plain terms, from this time forthHave you so slander any moment leisureAs to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.Look to 't, I charge you. Come your ways.Ophelia I shall obey, my lord.(Act 1. Scene 3.Lines 129-145)

Obedient Ophelia

Gender in Hamlet

HAMLETWhy, what an ass am I! This is most brave,That I, the son of a dear father murdered,Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with wordsAnd fall a-cursing, like a very drab,A stallion!(Act 2.Scene 2.Lines 611-616)In this quote Hamlet equivocates a coward to a woman.

Laertes[…] Then, if he says he loves you,It fits your wisdom so far to believe itAs he in his particular act and placeMay give his saying deed, which is no furtherThan the main voice of Denmark goes withal.Then weigh what loss your honor may sustainIf with too credent ear you list his songsOr lose your heart, or your chaste treasure openTo his unmaster'd importunity.Fear it, Ophelia; fear it, my dear sister,And keep you in the rear of your affection,Out of the shot and danger of desire.(Act 1. Scene 3. Lines 27-39)Here Ophelia's virginity is seen as an expensive object.

MY OPINION

SCROLL DOWNKing'Tis sweet and commendable in your nature,Hamlet,To give these mourning duties to your father.[…] but to perseverIn obstinate condolement is a courseOf impious stubbornness. 'Tis unmanly grief.It shows a will most incorrect to heaven,A heart unfortified, a mind impatient,An understanding simple and unschooled:(1.2.90-92; 96-101)KING'Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet,To give these mourning duties to your father.[…] but to perseverIn obstinate condolement is a courseOf impious stubbornness. 'Tis unmanly grief.It shows a will most incorrect to heaven,A heart unfortified, a mind impatient,An understanding simple and unschooled:(Act 1.Scene 2. Lines 90-92; 96-101) Here King Claudius is giving gender roles. He said that it is not manly for Hamlet to have excessive greif for his father.

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Obedient Ophelia


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