Hamlet Fem. essay - Ashley Tatis Ms Puff AP English Women...

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Ashley Tatis Ms. Puff AP English Women have come a long way since their ancestors had their speech and thoughts limited by pompous men. Much like dogs, women have a short leash that makes them act like a proper lady —there is no room for sexuality, strong will, or any characteristics that could be considered masculine. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare the use of dynamic character, motif, and symbolism is seen to reveal that women are oppressed. Women are characterized as weak; thus, in Hamlet, the role of women is to be obedient. However, dynamic character is used to show the changing of women in the play. The two women in the play first start out as dependent on men, then they are free from men. Ophelia, who is the love interest of Hamlet, who is described as a “minist’ring angel” (Shakespeare. 228) and having “fair and unpolluted flesh” (V.I.226). In other words, Ophelia is a benevolent person that is a virgin-- as any proper lady should be. At the start of the play, Ophelia's father tells her: "I must tell you that you do not understand yourself so clearly...think yourself a baby that you have ta'en these tenders for true pay" (I.III. 101-112). Therefore, Ophelia is incapable of understanding herself and the matters around her because only a man can, so a man must explain to her who she is and any affairs she partakes in. Yet, she is liberated when she commits suicide; she does it willingly appearing with "her clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like...which times she chanted
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