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15 frailty,thy name is woman!



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  • 1. “Frailty,thy name is woman!” Hamlet’s feministic reading in this play
  • 2. Hamlet is troubled  Oh God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world. That is should come to this, my father, not to months dead, and yet within a month, she married with my unclelet me not think on it!  Frailty thy name is woman…………
  • 3. Motif  This motif of misogyny, or hatred of women, occurs only sporadically throughout the play, but it is an important inhibiting factor in Hamlet’s relationships with Ophelia and Gertrude. He urges Ophelia to go to a nunnery rather than experience the corruption of sexuality and exclaims of Gertrude
  • 4. Woman in Hamlet’s life Two woman are part of Hamlet’s life First woman in his life mother Gertrude Second woman in his life beloved Ophelia
  • 5. Gertrude  Queen of Denmark  Widow of king Hamlet  Mother of prince Hamlet  Newly married with new king Claudius  Gertrude is at her best in social situations rounded personality
  • 6. Ophelia Beloved of Hamlet Daughter of Polonius Sister of Laertes
  • 7. “Frailty,thy name is woman!” This comment is as much indicative of Hamlet’s agonized state of mind . We read in Hamlet or other shekeshperean’s play the condition of woman in contemporary Elizabethan age.
  • 8. Ophelia Ophelia’s character is a mirror of a woman’s impeccable beauty and weakness.