Hamlet – Women

Must, like a *****, unpack my heart with words (2.2) Hamlet feels as if he is a woman for no avenging his father’s murder. The “*****”, “drab” and “scullion” type of woman.
‘Tis unmanly grief. (1.2) Hamlet’s grief for his father is “unmanly” – It makes him seem weak and unreasonable.
Let me not think on ‘t; frailty, thy name is woman! (1.2) Hamlet states that all women are frail when blaming his mother for her remarriage.
Fear it, Ophelia; fear it, my dear sister, (1.3) Laertes believes that Ophelia’s virginity is extremely valuable because it would determine her marriage offers.
Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,Himself the primrose path of dalliance treadsAnd recks not his own rede. (1.3) Ophelia tells Laertes that he’s not the one who can talk about how valuable her virginity is because he has been getting around himself.
Do not believe his vows, for they are brokers, (1.3) Polonius orders Ophelia to stop seeing Hamlet.
Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. (3.1) Hamlet tells Ophelia that women turn husbands into “monsters”. Referring to hus assumption that all women are unfaithful and that all wives cheat.
God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another. (3.1) Hamlets says fake behaviour is like makeup that covers a “face”, it makes woman appear to be something they’re not.
Quoth she, ‘Before you tumbled me, You promised me to wed.’ (4.5) “Tumbled” refers to the loss of virginity and a broken promise of marriage.

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