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'Are Gertrude and Ophelia merely pawns in the world of Hamlet? Explore the plays representation of femininity, paying close attention to the role and function of each of these two characters in the play'.
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'Are Gertrude and Ophelia merely pawns in the world of Hamlet? Explore the plays
representation of femininity, paying close attention to the role and function of each of
these two characters in the play'.
William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' can be seen as a chess game bought to life. The play
depicts the events in a 16th century Danish royal family that unfold after a suspicious
murder of the king. The plays two female characters Gertrude and Ophelia can be
likened to pawns in this intricate web of lies and deceit, as their words and actions are
dictated by the males of the play. This can be directly linked to the broader cultural
understandings of gender roles in 16th century England, as women were portrayed as
passive, weak and submissive to the males power strength aggression and action . As
all texts position readers to interpret different characters in different ways, this text to
can be read as empowering the females, by appearing to be submissive, in order to
manipulate the men. However, as essentially Gertrude acts
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""Sabrina, Washington. IB English, History, Chemistry, Anthropology.
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