When i wrote this, i was going through some hard times with my wife, because of my many lovers 💏, "Frailty, thy name is woman" could mean many things in context to the play, as hamlet has trouble with both Ophelia and Gertrude, and both in distinct but similar ways trouble him. Gertrude by her ever quick marriage to his uncle, and Ophelia by denying him, the love and comfort anyone needs when, our values are tested.
Mr. Shakespeare, are you saying Hamlet is your alter ego? Is it safe for us to conclude that you suffered suicidal thoughts throughout much of your life?
"To be or not, to be that is the question", i achieved blissful heaven on earth, but the immense weight of cursed achievement and familiar depression crushed me, and sent in a downhill spiral that lead me to the door which only those who have lived ever see.
I think that in the story and at that time and place being a woman was kind of a disadvantage because women on that time would be reliable of a man on their lives.
It is incontrovertible that most women these days have some education and jobs, but there is still the gender pay gap and the representation of women in politics, law, government, private sector, and on nearly every front is still unfairly low. Are women equal to men in 2017?
Mrs. Kay, women have never been equal to men. Well from many statistics and fact that have been shown, it hasn't. Wish I believe that should completely changed because any woman is capable of doing anything that a man is capable of doing.
Women aren't that trustworthy because women in that time they needed a male figure by there side. Someone that they can depend on throught there life time as husband.
That's right. Women did not have any legal status and they had to be represented and "covered" by their fathers or husbands (in some cases by their sons).
Ricky, no offense but a woman does not need a man to be her depend. Any woman is capable of being dependent by herself. I do understand that at that time it was "seen" like that by I believe that through the years that has been proven wrong.
I like the emphasis put on "being dependent on herself," which sounds much stronger than "being independent."
Ricky, yes Hamlet may have seen women this way after his mothers and potential lovers betrayal. He most likely saw his mother as weak and pathetic for needing to rely on another man's presence in her life; taking his father's place shortly after his death.
I have to agree with Ricky's statement because although it is true, there's more to go into detail. About how In the old days women were even considered to be property. A man for as long as as we can remember has always resembled authority and guidance. If the person you loved the most, your mom, who happens to be a girl teaches you the toughest life lesson, of course you're gonna have a valid reason to declare women not reliable nor dependable.
That's very deep Shakespeare, but I don't really agree with you. Although Hamlet in the story is at odds with both his mom and his potential love, both are acting in benefit of hamlet. Gertrude by marrying the uncle, she was showing the power of the monarchy and Ophelia was just following orders, she loved hamlet, but she had a responsibility with her father. So although hamlet's opinion is very strong, he is in mourning and also enacting his father's revenge, so he is extremely biased and doesn't see the whole picture. Me personally I agree with him in the context of the story, but outside of it i don't since it's erroneous to label a gender for the actions of two individuals.
"it's erroneous to label a gender for the actions of two individuals."
Amen to that.
Sergio, I wouldn't be able to explained it like you did. I love your explanation!
I agree with Sergio you can't label a whole gender by the actions of a few because the reason we were created in general is to be our own person not everyone behaves the same. It's like race, society stereotypes based on the actions of one but that isn't how it should be because there two kinds of people. Good and Bad people are the two types of people you can be and you yourself choose. Two women who are close to him have stabbed Hamlet in the back and therefore he can't see women in a positive way.
Based on what i have read of women i think than in that time it does matter that the women was intelligent to take care of her self, they should find a men so they can depend on them.
Women were treated as minors whether they are of age or not.
Overall, at that time women were depicted as worthless because it was "seen" back then that a woman need a man to be someone. But I truly believed that we woman have proven wrong that statement. We as woman are independent and we don't need a man to be someone or having him to be shown worth. Finally, woman at this generation still continue to be treated minors.
In Act 3.1 Hamlets's misogyny (hatred to women) throughout the play he has been betrayed and destroy by the two most important women that had impact him on his life, his mother (the queen of Denmark) and Ophelia (hamlet's lover) by both betray him, a curious thing is that both of them didn't much have a choice, in one side the queen merry Claudius and Ophelia by being used by her own father to get information from hamlet. Women in general didn't have much power or respect even if you were from the royalty families.
Can women have power even if they are powerless? By this I mean that women still have power to disturb and disobey. For example, Ophelia in her insane liturgy tremendously disturbs the guilty souls.
In Act 3.1 Hamlets's misogyny (hatred to women) throughout the play he has been betrayed and destroy by the two most important women that had impact him on his life, his mother (the queen of Denmark) and Ophelia (hamlet's lover) by both betray him, a curious thing is that both of them didn't have much choice, in one side the queen marry Claudius and Ophelia by being used by her own father to get information from hamlet. Women in general didn't have much power or respect even if you were from the royalty families.
Hamlet faults his mother by marrying his uncle. He loses a sense of trust in her and sees her actions as betrayal. He now sees women as unfaithful and weak as a misogynist would. But I don't necessarily agree with him treating his mother this way but do understand why he would.
Roxanne that is true under any circumstance Hamlet shouldn't have treated his mother the way she did. Although her actions hurt him a lot he should not disrespect and treat her the gruesome way he did. Not only that , but Ophelia listening to her father and Laertes order caused Hamlet pain because he could not trust her.
The line is referring to Hamlets mother how she moved on so quickly because a few months ago she was suffering a lot of pain due to his fathers death and now she is remarried. I can see why Hamlet views women this way because his mother really affected him because sh married soon right after his death showing him in a way that she wasn't really devoted to her husband. I do not agree because not all women are the same and Hamlet has to take that into consideration that just because his mothers chose to be that way doesn't mean every women is like her.
Hamlet became a misogynist after feeling betrayed by the women closed to him. His mother was quickly to marry another man after his father’s death and Ophelia ignored Hamlet when he looked for support and comfort in her. In past time being born a woman will automatically made them someone’s property and that may be the reason for their acts. I do not believe all women are unreliable and dependable, even today strong women are fighting for equality.
"Frailty, thy name is woman" denotes that women are weak and disgusting. Hamlet said this line to Gertrude because of the soon remarriage to Claudius that she already forgot about the death of Old Hamlet. Later, even Ophelia betrayed Hamlet by helping her father to spy on him. This foolishness of theirs made Hamlet hate woman which led to their own death. The women that he has come across has committed sin, however, he can't generalize that all women are"frailty".
I like what you mentioned in your post. The line is referring to Hamlets mother, Gertrude getting married to his Uncle Claudius which made him angry. You mentioned how Ophelia betrayed Hamlet and all that led up to Hamlet being angry with women.
I totally agree about your opinion of Hamlet line. He is generalizing the women as weak only because of the actions of his mother Gertrude. He can't do something like that by only getting this very few views of Ophelia and Gertrude.
That line in hamlet means that women are weak compared to men. Up to this day I wish I could say that women are just as good as men are, but sadly we live in a cruel world where girls aren't seen as advanced as men are today.
After his mother married his father's brother, Hamlet became furious not only at his mother but with women in general. He is basically expressing his feelings as to how unloyal and vulnerable women can be all at once and ultimatley feels betrayed. He now sees that even his own blood cannot stay faithful to their family name which also adds up to Ophelias betrayal as well. (potential lover) In conclusion Hamlet is just outraged with all thats happening to him and acts impulsivley,
Hamlet has his reasons to hate every woman living on earth as soon as he personally reveals and describes his passionately detest for his own mother sexuality towards Gertrude's new husband. No, there's still not equality/fairness for women today. It might change in the future not now because we are still consider minorities at this time. Fourteen and Nineteen amendment doesn't make any differences we need actions not words (laws) in a piece of paper.
The line "Frailty thy name is woman" is saying that women are weak and the line is referring to how his mother married his uncle Claudius which made Hamlet angry.
he refers to Gertrude, who is weak because she has betrayed her husband by marrying his brother. I would agree on his situations that women are not reliable because he has to much power that everybody is trying to fight for it and in that situation you cant trust anyone.
Females, during this time, were seen as tokens of beauty that one would marry, whether it be for actual beauty or the glory of their families wealth. Throughout the play, women are constantly disregarded and degraded. Ophelia commits suicide because she didn't know what to do with herself after the men she depended on died or betrayed her, this shows how fragile and dependent women are on men, according to Shakespeare. Gertrude, another token of beauty, is won by Claudius and is the "ultimate prize" for him as he "loves" her because she was married to the former king and he feels that marrying her would do everyone justice. Although this was written centuries ago, society, unfortunately, continues seeing women as fragile, incapable, dependent, emotional, irrational, and undeserving of having the same rights as men do.
Although the Bard of Avalon writes about seeing women as inferior, the society during those times did too. Women were incapable of acting in plays, therefore men had to do drag and act as women because they could do it better than an actual women can. This is the exact same thing as saying that a baby can act as an adult better than an actual adult can. Sexism has been going on for centuries, this isn't something new that was just created, people have just been oblivious or misinformed on the matter of it.
I also forgot to mention that William Shakespeare and many other authors during the time used the form of men dressing as women as a form of comedic entertainment for the audience. These authors thought that men dressing as women was the perfect way to exploit women and show that they are stupid. These authors would also show females dressing as males in order to show that females need to be males in order to get what they want or get things done. Examples of this would be Twelfth Night and As You Like It.
In that line that Hamlet express, he clearly shows as weak all the women through the image of Gertrude. This type of expression I can see it as a representation of how in that time the women were treat as dependent to a man and also as a fool. I totally think that the opinion of Hamlet for his mother is something that make him believe that wrong ideas around the rest of the women.
This line is spawned through spite. His mother marrying his uncle after he slaughtered his father. The love of his life spying on him under the orders of the man he hates. But not only does he spawn this out of spite, he spawns this through misconception. Women often thought that they were only of value with a man by their side around this time, so a man leaving them would often make them seem weak. This created a variety of comments like "you need a man in your life" and "a queen will always need a king by her side" when these clearly aren't the case, proven by strong and independent women of modern day.
Haven't you seen his mother...? Well, even though she didn't know, she still went ahead and married another man in just a few months after her husband's death, and it was her brother!!!! Of course he has a reason why to hate women. Also, Ophelia betrayed him in one of his most desperate moments, how could he not feel like women are not reliable? Hamlet has all the reason to hate women.
Completely true. As a son to a dead father, a prince stripped of his throne, a son to a mother whom married her deceased husband's brother; Hamlet's pain and disgust towards his mother's decisions only grows and spreads towards women in general. "Frailty, thy name is woman" a fitting term for Hamlet,s situation; not only he revolts off of her betrayal to her dead king but she is said to be extremely sexually active with Claudius bringing Hamlet's disgust to a all time high. This is the reason for his hatred towards women because he believes they are all the same.
While Hamlet dealing with his mother marrying his uncle right before hamlet's father dead this lead him to not trust women and seeing them as less than man. This can also be explained as to women needs to be with a man to feel like they belong to someone. But over the time that has change and women are more independent.
I totally agree that Hamlet has trust issues with women considering that he cant even trust his own mother. Also Adaylin is right that at those times society didn't care about women and considering them inferior.
Hamlet feels dissapointed of women because of his mother Gertrude which was supposed to stay true to the love she had with Hamlets father.He feels anger within himself. And what makes him more angry is not only the fact of her marrying another man , but marrying Hamlets own uncle.
I agree with Hamlet because when his father had been killed, his mother Gertrude immediately remarried to the next King. Which was none other than his Uncle Claudius. Hamlet believed that his mother would be faithful to his father but was wrong and she felt no sorrow.