The first way that a lack of perspective marginalizes an individual's ability to reason can be seen through Hamlet.
For example, Hamlet's narrow perspective denies him the ability to recognize his mother's underlying motives for her incestual relationship with Claudius. This is shown when Hamlet says, "Frality, thy name is women" (1.2 146).
Hamlet's misogynistic comment reveals that he is unaware of Gertrude's journey for power.
This is significant because Hamlet's lack of perspective leads him to believe that his mother only married for eros love. In contrast, Gertrude only married Claudius to maintain her high position of power and remain as an influential figure in Denmark. Hamlet's disapproving viewpoint of his mother's incestual relationship pushed him towards the hatred of his mother, then misogyny.
Therefore, an individual must acquire a diversity perspectives in order to truly understand others' motives behind conscious decisions. An accurate comprehension of other's motives allows an individual to form precise and factual evaluations regarding another individual's intention.
Hamlet's limited perspective marginalized his ability to reflect upon his mother's actions leading him on a path of misogynistic behavior.
(1) The first way that Shakespeare illustrates that discriminating others is a result of unresolved pain is through Hamlet’s misogyny because of his angst. (2) For example, Hamlet is upset about his father’s death and his mother’s betrayal, and, out of spite, exclaims that “Frailty, thy name is woman!” (1.2.146). (3) This strong proclamation is evidence of Hamlet’s misogyny. This is significant because Hamlet’s hate for women derives from his unresolved hurt, something that renders him unable to think rationally. In society, people often suppress their agony, never processing it, and, instead, they continue to hurt incessantly without ever healing. These tangled emotions will often be one’s hamartia, as unreasonable and irrational beliefs form because of this pain. This results in an individual having the potential to break down completely when triggered. In this instance, Hamlet’s misogyny, a fallacious conviction, stems from his unresolved torment of his parents’ issues. It is through Hamlet that Shakespeare portrays the pivotal impact of angst on a person’s scruples, something that determines the manner of how one treats others.
The first way that men degrade women in order to feel superior can be seen when Hamlet states that all women are frail. This is evident when Hamlet says, "Frailty, thy name is women!" (1.2.146). Hamlet states that women are frail. This is significant because Hamlet's perception of women is that they are all inadequate, and frail, taking a misogynistic view, which could leave him with a very isolated and despondent life. His misogyny leads him to believe that he is superior to all women. Throughout humanity, women tend to be marginalized into the stereo typical roles in relationships and careers. Women are often trivialized by men in order for them to feel better about their masculinity. Without the demeaning cliche, women would be viewed as equivalent amongst society and not put down in order for men to feel more advantageous.
In the play "Hamlet," by William Shakespeare, the marginalization of women is the sole reason for Hamlet's downfall.
Th first reason that Hamlet's hatred toward unfaithful women was his downfall is because of Gertrude's adulterous actions. This is hinted by Hamlet when he states, "Frailty, thy name is woman!" (1.3.146). This quote is significant because Hamlet is seen berating his mother for her unloyalty to Hamlet Sr. In his argument with his mother, he blames her for having an affair with Claudius; which also meant that he would suffer because of the relationship. As his narcissistic behaviour towards women grew, o did his actions. When one becomes fixated on a certain mindset, their actions become deluded with them. If that idea is not released through some cathardic means, then one will be unable to realize the actions that they may make. Through Hamlet's marginalization of women, he is ultimately leading himself to his own demise.
The first way that Shakespeare shows that it is only through disloyalty that one loses respect for their loved ones is the way Hamlet is angry at his mother. For example, Hamlet is complaining about his mother when he says "Frailty, thy name is woman!" (1.2.146). This quote is significant because Hamlet is saying that all women are frail. It shows his frustration and loss of respect for his mother after she remarried his uncle. Loyalty is the one characteristic that can strengthen relationships and respect between people. When someone is disloyal to a person, their relationship is weakened and they are unable to trust other people. This is how Hamlet feels with his mother. Her disloyalty causes Hamlet to lose respect for her and to develop a misogyny by thinking that all woman are frail.
The first way that men are misogynistic to assert their power can be seen when Gertrude is dehumanized. For example, it is said that “Frailty, thy name is woman!” (1.2.146). This is important because it displays the misogyny which occurs when men attempt to display their power. Using being a woman as a demeaning trait despite Gertrude’s high level of status, is misogynistic. Being aware of her power and thus calling her frail demeans her. Taking her human emotions from her and forcing her to fit into a feminine box is dehumanizing. In many countries worldwide men continue to hold a higher status than women and use misogyny to be sure their place in society is clear. Many religions also place men of higher status than women, and see women as possessions. Although a man may not truly hate women, he must act misogynistically to show he holds status above them as to not risk being emasculated.
The first demonstration Shakespeare uses to show that patriarchy is the only way men can have control is seen when Hamlet rejects woman. When Hamlet is caught in an argument, he states that "Frailty, thy name is woman!" (1.2.146). Hamlet not only marginalizes woman, but he dehumanizes their existence into a weakness because his gender privilege is the only power he has control over. Hamlet has absolutely no power he can use to exploit the king, therefore the only way he is able to consciously control his surroundings is through shaming women. This is significant because humans need to have control in order to feel belonging and pride. Because the human condition is tenuous between pride and insecurity, factors like helplessness and dominance will influence the self-concept. Patriarchal men are dominant over women because this form of otherness is a hierarchy that induces pride Hamlet. Hamlet uses patriarchy to invoke control.
The first demonstration that shows that when one is emotional they are considered to be weak is shown through the way that Hamlet describes women. For example, when Hamlet is discussing women he says, “Frailty , thy name is woman!” (1.2.146). In this quote, Hamlet says how women are fragile people. This is significant because Hamlet believes women to be weak in comparison to men. He finds women to be emotional therefore, unstable and powerless. Within society, feminism has become more important over time. Women no longer want to feed into the stereotype of being weaker than men because they appear to be more emotional. Emotions are viewed as an insecurity and if a man discusses how he feels he is looked down upon. Showing how one feels leads to the assumption that they are fragile and feminine-like.
The first reason that shows how men gain power through misogyny is seen through the character of Hamlet. For instance, when Hamlet says, " Frailty, thy name is woman!" (1.2.146), he shows how women are seen as fragile beings. The significance behind this is that by calling women frail and breakable, Hamlet is asserting his dominance over them. This is important because despite being in the twenty first century, women are still classified as weaker beings by men, so that by men taking away the strong qualities of a woman they also take away any power she may hold. Thus by men calling women words that are attached to a more feeble meaning, men are claiming thay being feminine is a negative quality to have, since it is not related to power. This imbalance in gender created by misogyny allows for the power struggle to be created. Despite Hamlet being written many centuries ago, men still use misogyny to gain power in the world today.
The first way that Hamlet shows extreme traits of misogynistic behaviour to Ophelia is when he says to her, "Get thee to a nunnery"(line 121). He says this to her when she is trying to return to him tokens he had given to her out of love. Ophelia returning the items to Hamlet is her rejection of Hamlet's love. Rather than understanding that the cannot be together, Hamlet immediately turns to rage, claiming that Ophelia is a sinner and needs to be sent to a nunnery where she will be free of sin. This misogynistic behaviour is a result of mistrust Hamlet has for his mother. His father was murdered by his uncle, who his mother then married. In turn, Hamlet is unable to differentiate his mistrust and rage that he has for his mother, for his feelings of rejection from Ophelia.
The first way that existentialism led to Hamlet's demise can be seen through his insecurity. After the King's death, and Gertrude's quick marriage to his uncle, he states, "Frailty, thy name is woman!"(1.2.146). Getrude acts like a foil to Hamlet in the beginning of the play, as it is evident is evident Hamlet is under emotional turmoil, as opposed to his mother. The use of misogyny represents the inferiority he feels, and therefore begins to isolate himself from others. This becomes significant as this realization is the catalyst for his questioning his purpose of life. Hamlet creates an environment full of hatred and fear of death for himself, which ultimately becomes a reality. In today's society, depression has become a prevalent issue, especially in young adults as it is during this time period where one begins to question themselves. It is only through confidence of oneself and a strong support that recovery is possible, two ideals Hamlet is lacking. In short, through Hamlet's constant desire to feel superior to others and contemplating the meaning of life and death, it leads to Hamlet's downfall.
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