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Women in Hamlet The catalyst for a Shakespearean tragedy is a females transgression of the socio-sexual order and male authority Women in Shakespeares Hamlet stepped out of the traditional female role They became examples of true pioneers in the equal rights movement for their gender They rebel against the male oppression Ophelia had pre-marital relations with young Hamlet and Gertrude married her brother-in-law Both women were able to make their men do as they please because of their uncanny ability to manipulate men with their femininity First and foremost the relationship that Ophelia had with Hamlet Caused total chaos for the people that were involved This was seen as rebellious by Ophelia because during that time it was considered taboo women were to remain innocent and virginal until marriage Polonius indicated his discontent when he said Do not believe his vows for they are brokers Not of that dye which their investment show But mere implorators of unholy suits Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds The better to beguile This shows that Ophelia was disobeying her father which is still frowned upon to this day and yet she was carefree It is believed within our current society that if a rule is heavily enforced then the one being oppressed may go against it It is not known why but some may believe it is because she might be curious and want to know what would happen This is what happened to Ophelia What she did that was controversial is that she fell in love without being married Marriages were arranged and usually the female had not experienced true love ever before Ophelia had a free spirit that could not be tamed and she opened the doors to pre-marital relationships It is evident why she managed to fall in love with Hamlet Laertes depicts falling in love with Hamlet as a treacherous act when he said Fear it Ophelia fear it my dear sister
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