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Frailty thy Name is Woman When Hamlet says Frailty thy name is woman in act one scene two he is lashing out at his mother for her quick remarriage to his uncle after his fathers death His statement acts as an indicator of Hamlets perception of all women throughout the play The men around them control both Gertrude and Ophelia in particular The most notable frailty of both these women seems to be that whether by nature or nurture they cannot exist without men Both need men as guides to their perceptions of the world and are incapable of trusting their own feelings His statement reflects a mindset that underestimates the ability of women to decisions for themselves and even be cunning It is actually Hamlets sexist thinking that causes him the grief behind this statement his shock of her betrayal assumed that she had no desires outside of her dead husband Even though the characters did prove them selves weak Hamlets statement reflects less truth and more his distorted view of women In Hamlet womens feelings are not taken seriously by the male characters In fact Gertrude even seems to reinforce the idea that Ophelia cannot have valid thoughts or feelings on her own Though Ophelia is capable of having thoughts and feelings on her own in the beginning of the play Polonius and Laertes are eager to teach her to distrust herself Laertes begins act one scene three by warning his sister not to think anything of Hamlets professions of love and warns her especially not to sleep with him Laertes warnings are relatively gentle in that he does not tell Ophelia that Hamlet does not love her as she thinks he does but simply that he may not always love her Ultimately he advises that best safety lies in fear she must be careful Iiii43 Polonius on the other hand gives commands rather than offering advice and generally strives to make
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