hamletstudyguide / The Role of Women in Hamlet
Role of Women in Hamlet by Carisa Wilwert on Prezi
Examine Shakespeare’s women found in Hamlet. Discuss the characters of Ophelia and Gertrude. Both of them seem ignorant, shallow, a pale reflection of the masculine shadows within whose orbits they move. Surely Shakespeare meant them to be more than foils or development for their male counterparts. Explore Shakespeare’s intent for the women in Hamlet.
Portrayal of Women in Hamlet by Mackenzie Burke on Prezi
“What most female Hamlets have in common is that they are catalysts - inassimilable figures alien to the norms around them. The paradoxes and dissident intensities of Hamlet’s beliefs and language become sharper through the figure of an actress/prince whose very presence exposes artifice - the theatrical conventions we might not otherwise question, the political banalities masking Elsinore’s lies, and the structures of power and gender that normally trap women in Hamlet in the roles of Mother, Virgin and Whore. The female Hamlet is a walking, talking alienation effect.”