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The Importance of Female Characters in Hamlet In the time of Hamlet men were the dominant sex Women of this period were usuallysubject to whatever faults men could place on them instead of themselves With Shakespeare being a man of this time it is reflected in his plays Hamlet is an excellent example Through quotes and plot explanation I will develop this statementThe first incident of a female having some responsibility to a rotten situation starts before the play begins Claudius the present King of Denmarks brother murders Old Hamlet because of a drive of ambition and for a love of Old Hamlets wife Gertrude Although unknown to her role in what starts a chain reaction of murder and treachery Gertrude is a pivotal person or the main conflict of the play with her son HamletAt the beginning of the play when we are first introduced to Hamlet we can initially tell that something is troubling him besides his fathers sudden death Hamlets first response to the Kings questioning of his mood is replied by Not so my lord I am too much i the sun line 67 showing his disposition to Claudius marrying his mother Gertrude portraying the dense woman Shakespeare has written her to be does not catch on the ambiguity of sun Seek for thy noble father in the dust line 69 is her response referring to his dead father This unease from Hamlet gives him more reason later on in the play to take revenge upon Claudius Another key player in the game of deception is the Kings advisor Polonius A man with power and less conscience than the King As fate has it Hamlet is in love with Poloniuss daughter Ophelia Because of Hamlets displeasing mood Polonius worries for his daughter and so tells her be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence set your entreatments at a higher rate lines121 - 122
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