Shakespeare's Hamlet 12 Women's Roles

How does Shakespeare use Ophelia and Gertrude to showcase what women's lives were like during his time? 

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kind of cornered and every time we kind of try

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to judge their actions like for example try to judge

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ophelia for letting herself be used as a pawn letting

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them spy on hamlet while she's talking to him or

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only judge gertrude for like maybe letting her new husband

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her oval husband or like being a bad mother to

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hamlet in lots of ways every time we come into

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these judgments were also reminded that they have so few

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options right there just trying to make the best of

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a bad situation when they're constantly being pushed around right

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So for example gertrude we don't think really asked for

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her first husband to be killed so her options there

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are really uncomfortable right Either she can reject her new

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husband and throw the whole you know all of denmark

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into further turmoil or she can accept it and kind

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of be seen as too loose of a woman They're

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also there have been some suggestions that at the outside

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of the play hamlet blames his mother more than he

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blames claudius he's really angry at his mother And that

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maybe if ghost hadn't shown up and said that claudius

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was a fault that he would have gone after his

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mother So his mother is always in jeopardy And hamlet

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also kind of indirectly seems tto kill or contribute to

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the death of ophelia So people interpret this differently Either

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Shakespeare is showing us that gertrude and ophelia like really

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are victims here or he's actually playing into this fiction

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that they are kind of devious people not to be

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trusted that they don't really have a strong backbone because

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it's true that neither of them do Neither of them

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make kind of upright moral choices They're both kind of

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just pushed around How does shakespeare use ophelia and gertrude

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