Hamlet and Mysogyny

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Hamlet and Mysogyny

Hamlet

Deception and betrayal alter one's perception whether permenantly or not. It can truly have on affect on how one lives and thinks,and influencing decisions leading to reckless actions. In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, it is suggested tha the main character's, being Hamlet himself, distorted views on women is heightened by the torment of his father's death. Overtaken with rage at his mother's treacherous and almost "incestuous" new and sudden union, he lets it all take the best of him.

What power does a woman hold over a man and his character? The irony being that Hamlet now treats the women in his life so poorly, considerng them the devil's pawn yet letting them drive him to madness.

"Frailty, thy name is woman!"(1.2.146)Hamlet says this in the middle of his first soliloquy, he is disgusted by the speed at which his mother went from "his father's grave to his uncle's bed". This being the start of his unshameful hatred towards women in general. It's not just about Gertrude anymore but about every woman that walks the earth.

"As woman's love" (3.2.154), Hamlet remarks when Ophelia comments that the prologue to The Murder of Gonzago is brief. Once again,his feeling of deception and betrayal is portrayed by his actions. Ophelia disappointed him when she tried to hand him back "the tokens of his love" and the bitterness of his affection towards her is a result of the deceitful resentment he now feels for her.

"God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.You jig, you amble, and you lisp, and nickname God's creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance. Go to, I'll no more on't. It hath made me mad. I say we will have no more marriages. Those that are married already - all but one - shall live. The rest shall keep as they are. To a nunnery, go" (3.1.142-148)

Wanting Ophelia to go and be secluded in a nunnery, only adds to his hypocritical views as he himself took her virtue and was fine with her giving herself to him as such. To be deceitful and to deceit are one and the same throughtout this play since Hamlet isn't free of that burden either.


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