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What does William Shakespeare have to say about women Quite a bit actually But his writing of the character Gertrude in his play Hamlet can be clearly seen to tie in with one viewpoint of women the weaker-sex To be fair it must be said that he presents both sides of the issue but let Gertrude be the focus of this study Gertrude is a shallow flighty sensual woman whose character is summarized by Hamlet in the words Frailty thy name is woman Clearly Gertrude is presented as a character that is more than slightly cranially vacant Indeed one might suppose that Gertrude is one giant blonde joke written by Shakespeare First one may observe her observance upon observing the play in act three When Hamlet asks her about how she likes the play she says The lady the player queen doth protest too much methinks 32254 The queen seems to be missing the point of the play completely Furthermore observe the real protester Gertrude is making a royal joke of herself by protesting the protesting of a queen Then consider her advice to Hamlet upon the loss of a father Good Hamlet cast thy nighted colour off And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark Do not for ever with thy vailed lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust Thou knowst tis common all that lives must die Passing through nature to eternity 1270-75 From this it is clear that her heart is as shallow as her head She refers to death as a common thing in that time common carried with it implications that something was vulgar A less Shakespearian way to say the selfsame thing is Dads dead Deal with it Her insensitivity to both the death of her husband and the feelings of her son indicate that her heart is a chilly pool no deeper than a fingers width Once more the queen demonstrates her ocean-depth of
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