Throughout the decades, women have been portrayed inadequately. Far too often, the representations of women tend to be stereotyped as delicate, demure, and silent, despite the harsh realities of the world. Women are constructed as either mentally insane, sexually immoral, or emotionally depressed, often a bit of all three. Throughout William Shakespeare’s play, the two main female characters are Ophelia, Hamlet’s lover and the daughter of the Lord Chamberlain, Polonius and Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother who is in an incestuous marriage with Claudius, the present king of Denmark and is the widow of the old king Hamlet. Shakespeare uses the main male characters to portray these two female characters as weak, vulnerable and powerless through his words and actions. The men in their lives have complete control over them; they are willing to do what they are told and to agree to everything that is said to them. They do not appear to have a mind of their own.
At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is not being himself. He becomes King after his father’s death. Hamlet think things through thoroughly. He is angry about a lot of things. To start off with, Hamlet is outrage about his uncle remarrying his mother. In addition to that, Hamlets’ madness has driven him insane, and his actions has caused him to standardize women the way he interpret women in general.
“Frailty, thy name is woman! ?
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed my poor father’s body,
Like Niobe all tears; ? why she, even she, ?
O God! A beast that wants discourse of reason
Would have mourn’d longer,? married with my uncle ( 1. 2. 146- 151)
In this play, Hamlet refers to women has weak because Women don’t have the power to stand up against the wrong, even though they know what is right for them. Hamlet thinks that his mother is a prostitute for being with his uncle Claudius. Hamlet takes his antic disposition to talk to Gertrude with such possum. It is Hamlet’s duty to protect his mother at all cost, to choose best for his mother. On the contrary,