Thursday, November 14, 2019
Frailty, Thy Name Is Women Ã¢â¬Å"Frailty thy name is womenÃ¢â¬ (I.II.150) are words which are spoken by Prince Hamlet, the prominent character of the tragedy play Hamlet by Shakespeare, in his first soliloquy. These words underline how Hamlet truly feels about Gertrude, the queen, and Ophelia, his Ã¢â¬Å"belovedÃ¢â¬ maiden, and women in general. Although the two women play awfully passive characters and lack their voice for the world to hear, they are significantly important because they show how Hamlet, possibly Shakespeare, are a misogynist, which is one of the themes of the play. Through the fickle, passive, and submissive portrayal of the two woman characters, Shakespeare shows women needs to have an autonomy-sense, otherwise their lives will turn out to Ã¢â¬Å"cannot come to goodÃ¢â¬ (I.II.163). Firstly, Gertrude is introduced as a queen that clearly lacks independency. In the beginning of the play, she is as a character that always in need of a male existence next to her. Just Ã¢â¬Å"within a monthÃ¢â¬ (I.II.149) after the late King Hamlet deceased, she already hurried herself to get another husband. This attitude of hers sickens Hamlet terribly; he cannot come to comprehend how his mother could behave less than a beast, for a beast Ã¢â¬Å"would have mourned longerÃ¢â¬ (I.II.150). Shakespeare sets the play with this idea that women are corrupted with sexual driveÃ¢â¬âand always in lust for it. Because Gertrude obediently follows her lustful inner soul, she goes on ahead with the marriage with ClaudiusÃ¢â¬âwhich Hamlet refers to as Ã¢â¬Å"incestuousÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"rottenÃ¢â¬ . The moment the marriage is royally held, Gertrude loses her credibility as a mother in HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s eyes. Adding to this, Shakespeare uses the character Gertrude to show indecisiven ess and hollowness of women. The character ... ...r extremely mournful and elegiacal attitudes towards Ophelia. She says, Ã¢â¬Å"sweet to the sweetsÃ¢â¬ (V.I.254) as she scatters flowers upon her coffin. She knows what a sweetheart Ophelia is and empathize her. OpheliaÃ¢â¬â¢s association with flowers represents the once young and pure maiden that tragically dies due to the fatal-innocent trait she possesses. Kate Morton, an author of the novel The Forgotten Garden, stated Ã¢â¬Å"A girl expecting rescue never learns to save herselfÃ¢â¬ . This implies that a girl with a will to only follow menÃ¢â¬â¢s order around will ought to Ã¢â¬Å"come to no goodÃ¢â¬ outcome. Shakespeare showcases this idea through the portrayals of Gertrude and Ophelia. Both characters are fiercely submissive to their male counterparts; hence they are controlled by them. Because they have no sense of agency in their lives, their lives destined to have a tragic ending entailing it.