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  • Gertrude And Ophelia Throughout Shakespeare Hamlet
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    Gertrude and Ophelia Throughout Shakespeare Hamlet, major differences in the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia are conveyed. As the play progresses, each character becomes weakened by the external powers that surround them, thereby corrupting their moral senses. Both Gertrude and Ophelia are overthrown by the same corruptive force that leads both of these women towards alienation. This corruptive force, referred to as Claudius, serves as the dominant figure that contributes most to the result o...
  • Hamlet's Virtue And Tragic Flaw
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    Formal Critical Analysis of a Passage from Hamlet Hamlet is probably the best known and most popular play of William Shakespeare, and it is natural for any person to question what makes Hamlet a great tragedy and why it receives such praises. The answer is in fact simple; it effectively arouses pity and fear in the audiences' mind. The audience feels pity when they see a noble character experiencing a regrettable downfall because of his innate tragic flaw, and they fear that the same thing might...
  • Gertrude With Claudius And Ophelia With Hamlet
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    The Importance of Female Characters in Hamlet In the time of Hamlet, men were the dominant sex. Women of this period were usually subject to whatever faults men could place on them instead of themselves. With Shakespeare being a man of this time it is reflected in his plays, Hamlet is an excellent example. Through quotes and plot explanation I will develop this statement. The first incident of a female having some responsibility to a rotten situation starts before the play begins. Claudius, the ...
  • Hamlet And Ophelia
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    Gertrude and Ophelia are the only two leading ladies in Hamlet and have been seen as similar characters from outside impressions. Both are followers and easily led by the men they love. Also, they are both confused and not in control of their surroundings. However, perhaps Ophelia's much younger age makes her more innocent and naive than Gertrude and is hence more a victim here than anyone else. Unlike Gertrude, who performed a social boo-boo by marrying her brother-in-law, Ophelia is completely...
  • Hamlet In The Nunnery And Closet Scene
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    "Hamlet thou has cleft my heart in twain " Most productions present Gertrude and Ophelia as sympathetic victims of Hamlet's cruelty. As your starting point, refer to either the closet scene or the nunnery scene and, paying close attention to the language, show how it reveals the interaction between Hamlet and the women characters here and throughout the play. Referring to Hamlet's portrayal of a cruel character, the major victims that first come to mind are Ophelia, his girlfriend possibly his f...
  • Hamlet Plans To Fake His Madness
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    When we first meet Hamlet, he is a sad, dark, loathsome figure; the loss of his father and the whoring of his mother have upset him indefinitely. Like a ticking time bomb, Hamlet's noticeable temper reflects the storm of emotions and thoughts brewing in his head, and then like a catalyst, his meeting with the Ghost of King Hamlet brings his anger to a boil. With revenge in mind, Hamlet plans to fake his madness so that he may be free to pursue his father's killer. Everyone, except his close frie...
  • Beginning Of Hamlet And Gertrude's Restored Relationship
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    In many of his plays, especially tragedies, William Shakespeare examines the relationships people have with one another. Of these relationships, he is particularly interested in those between family members, above all, those between parents and their children. In his play Hamlet, Shakespeare examines Prince Hamlet's relationships with his dead father, mother and step-father. His relationship with Gertrude, one of the only two women in the play, provides Hamlet with a deep sense of anger and pain...
  • Hamlet And Gertrude
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    The Innocence of Gertrude and Ophelia " Pretty Ophelia", as Claudius calls her, is the most innocent victim of Hamlet's revenge in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Hamlet has fallen in love with Ophelia after the death of his father. Ophelia "sucked the honey of his music vows" and returned Hamlet's affection. But when her father had challenged Hamlet's true intentions, Ophelia could only say: "I do not know, my lord, what I should think". Ophelia was used to relying on her father's directions and she...
  • Hamlet's Mother Gertrude
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    Gertrude's Suicide? In the Shakespearean tragedy 'Hamlet,' Prince Hamlet's mother Gertrude encounters many misfortunes, which she feels that she is to blame for. Gertrude was brought into the middle of everybody's dilemmas and thus felt responsible for the occurrences that happened to all of the significant characters throughout the play. She allows her emotions to build up in an unhealthy manner and this leads to her eventual death. The question that surrounds her death is whether she committed...
  • Hamlet's Murder
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    Usually in a playwright, one of the author's objectives is to keep the viewer or reader confused or disconcerted about certain events in the plot. Certain characters in a play or story that have concocted covert schemes to perhaps murder or frame somebody, may have confusing effects on the viewer. Depending on the way the plan was developed in the plot the viewer may have to stop and ask themselves; who was involved; who was killed or framed; what events actually transpired; and what events happ...
  • Hamlet's Treatment Of Ophelia In The Play
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    Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. In this essay I will look at Hamlets perception of women in general but particularly Gertrude and Ophelia. I will also look at the historical presentation of women, comparing Hamlets time to today and seeing if the symbolic role that the females characters have is related to the period. Also I will look at Hamlets madness, whether it was real or not and also whether women could be the cause of it. Finally I will look at a possible 'Oedipus comple...
  • Comparison Of Hamlet And Claudius Relationships
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    Comparison of Hamlet and Claudius Relationships are very important today and they where very important in the past. Each relationship is different, some are good and some are bad. Good relationships can last a long time and sometimes forever but bad relationships can end very quickly. In some cases, relationships determine the direction life will take and they can change everything. Although love and relationships can sometimes be wonderful and happy, they can sometimes lead to things such as ma...
  • Hamlet And Gertrude
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    Hamlet and Gertrude: Love or Hate Imagine it, while away at college you receive word that your beloved father who had seemed in good health only a short while ago has died leaving your mother and yourself. This situation would be enough to bring great depression to even the strongest of souls but for Hamlet, the fictional prince of Denmark in Shakespeare's play of the same name, this is not his imagination but cruel reality. Not only has his father passed but, as if to mock the very memory of th...
  • Claudes Brother
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    In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the character of Claude is a near perfect example of a Machiavellian character. Claude began as the brother to King Hamlet, stepbrother to Queen Gertrude and Uncle to Prince Hamlet. However this situation obviously does not suite Claude so he takes measures to change it. After doing what he had to too become King, Claudes brother is dead, he is married to Gertrude and Prince Hamlet is now his son-in-law. In this fashion he has demonstrated the golden ru...
  • Gertrude's Husband
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    What does William Shakespeare have to say about women Quite a bit, actually. But his writing of the character Gertrude in his play Hamlet can be clearly seen to tie in with one viewpoint of women: the weaker-sex. To be fair, it must be said that he presents both sides of the issue, but let Gertrude be the focus of this study. Gertrude is a shallow, flighty, sensual woman, whose character is summarized by Hamlet in the words, Frailty, thy name is woman. Clearly, Gertrude is presented as a charact...
  • Hamlet's View Of Gertrude And Ophelia
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    Frailty thy name is woman William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1 sc. 2 L. 145-146 Women, in the dictionary defines them as adult female human beings having characteristics such as courtesy, kindness, gentle, sweet, understandable and so on. Women are considered the opposite sex of men and in the old times as slaves of men but unfortunately the world seem to realize how important women can really always competing with men at high levels and gained independence and rights to many things nowadays. This...
  • Death Of Hamlet's Father
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    This passage from Shakespeare's Hamlet takes place in Act I Scene II. Hamlet's very first soliloquy is spoken right after his discussion with Gertrude and Claudius. They had been talking about how Hamlet needed to move on from the death of his father, although Hamlet thought that they had moved on far to quickly. From this passage, the audience learns how deeply the death of Hamlet's father actually affects him and how he perceives other characters because of it. Hamlet begins by speaking of sui...
  • Play Hamlet Gertrude And Ophelia
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    In the play Hamlet Gertrude and Ophelia are portrayed as weak characters. The men in their lives have complete control over them. These women obviously do not have a mind of their own. If they listened to themselves, they would have more control of their lives. Ophelia is one of those women who is a lost cause to society. She makes women look helpless and that we can be easily manipulated. Hamlet basically used Ophelia as merely a toy to play with. She was never treated as a human being only as ...

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