Time has thus far supported this bold declaration: Although his work has been studied more than that of any other writer, the facts of his life remain maddeningly elusive.
Shakespeare Hamlet Traditional Female Roles Patriarchy Power Structure Socialization is the process by which individuals internalize the mores and norms of the society they live in. It is through this process that the established social order is perpetuated. When individuals fail to accept the beliefs of society as their own, there is then the possibility of chaos for both individuals and society as a whole.
This ability to create upheaval increases in accordance with the amount of power an individual may hold within the traditional power structure. If this independence from conventional thought occurs in someone with a high political rank, they potentially have the power to cause a collapse within that structure.
A person with little political power Shakespeares greatness finds Shakespeares greatness within the established system has little recourse and is left defenseless when that system collapses. Given their traditionally less visible roles in society, rebellious women stand is sharp contrast to their more compliant sisters.
She complies with the system that protects her and thrives within its protective walls. Gertrude stands in striking contrast to Ophelia.
She is antithetical to the traditional standard of femininity. Through her refusal to accept the gender based expectations of her time and her defiant actions, Gertrude is ultimately responsible for the downfall of the ordered power structure and brings about her own destruction.
A compliant young woman accepts these standards and dwells safely in the space created for her. Clearly, even a young woman who works within the system possesses power in her own right. Her inexperience and compliance are proven in a conversation with her father Polonius.
She relies on the security he provides and she feels comfortable living within it. Upon his death, she is left literally adrift, committing suicide by allowing the weight of her skirts to pull her to a watery grave.
Gertrude defies the standards of her gender. Nowhere in the text is she praised for her beauty; she is older and also never denies her sexuality. She is in no way compliant, and in fact, makes her decisions despite the objections of her son, her religionand her husband.
She marries Claudius despite his sentiments. She is who she has decided to be; she makes no attempt to show herself as the asexual ideal. His plan to take the throne is contingent upon marrying Gertrude; he is relying on her defiant spirit to reach his goal.
In his arrogance, though, he fails to take into account that by the very virtue of her character, Gertrude would most surely defy him as well. Her defiance is responsible for causing the death of the king and the disintegration of the hierarchy. The patriarchal nature of the social order reinforces and rewards the compliance of women.
Ophelia dies by her own hand because she lost her father, for her, the source of both order and authority. Gertrude dies because she was unwilling to bow to authority. She rejects her role as a woman, destroying herself.
Through her defiance and rebellion, she takes the order down with her. Women who comply with the social order are lost without it; those who defy it can know no other fortune than to be lost within it.Analysis of Macbeth and His Struggle for Power - In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, there is a constant struggle for power by Macbeth that leads to many problems, not only for himself, but for the very nature of Scotland as well.
Aug 25, · , Francis Bacon, “Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates”, in The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount St Alban.
With a Table of the Colours of Good & Evil.
Whereunto is Added The Wisdom of the Antients. Enlarged by the Honourable Author Himself; and Now More Exactly . As the most quoted English writer Shakespeare has more than his share of famous quotes. Some Shakespare famous quotes are known for their beauty, some for their everyday truths and some for their wisdom.
Oct 28, · , Francis Bacon, “Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates”, in The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount St Alban. With a Table of the Colours of Good & Evil. Whereunto is Added The Wisdom of the Antients.
Enlarged by the Honourable Author Himself; and Now More Exactly Published, London: Printed by M[ary] Clark, for Samuel . 1. Einleitung.
Die in Shakespeares Dramen gezeichnete Welt erweist sich immer wieder als durchdrungen von Einflüssen aus der Sphäre des Übersinnlichen, mit der der Mensch in Kontakt geraten kann, sei es durch Omen aus dem Bereich der Natur, prophetische Träume oder Geistererscheinungen.
Last week’s post on the spooky dimensions of reading—the one-on-one encounter, in the silent places of the mind, with another person’s thinking—sparked a lively discussion on the comments page, and no shortage of interesting questions.