Masculinity In Hamlet

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An older relative may have more experience and wisdom than the younger relative; however, there’s no evidence to prove that everyone follows an elder’s identical lifestyle. In Shakespeare’s novel, Hamlet, he demonstrates how fathers protect their daughters as property and how men underscore females during the Elizabethan Age. Using understatements to dehumanize females and narratives to understand male standards, Shakespeare addresses the male priorities and views males had towards women. In the 21st century, the father’s role is to provide and protect his daughter from danger; however, the Elizabethan Era’s belief on a father’s role is to contain a good reputation through the women, in this case, the daughter. In Act 1 Scene 3, Polonius urges Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet because he will only ruin the family. In addition, to persuade his daughter, he states, “Given private …show more content…
Unlike 21st century males, most males are chivalrous and respectful; however, Shakespeare addresses male priorities in Act 1 Scene 3 by showing Laetes’ hostility towards Hamlet and Ophelia. For example, Laertes states, “If with too credent ear you list his songs or lose your heart or your chaste treasure open to his unmastered importunity”, which means that Ophelia is too dumbfounded on “this boy” and would give everything to him but in the end she’ll lose her reputation while he is honored. Unlike Hamlet, Laertes is speaking to his sister as if his words are facts; whereas, Hamlet speaks to her out of emotion. Laertes states that he is more wise because he’s providing his sister with factual evidence, but readers can infer that he’s trying to save his reputation through his sister. In addition, readers can comprehend that men were hold on an unemotional standard to manipulate their way around and to be dominant over females. Without this quote, Act 1 Scene 3, male priorities and roles wouldn’t be depicted