From the perception of some scholars, this disposal of women is reflective of their weakness, and Shakespeare’s chauvinism. However, looking at their argument factually, readers can find the gaps in their debate. First and foremost, women were not the only ones to die or kill themselves in these plays. Hamlet contemplated suicide but was eventually killed, Macbeth was murdered, and Romeo took his own life. Moreover, it is impossible to view Shakespeare as a misogynist when taking into account his relationship with Queen Elizabeth I, whom was his major patron and admirer. She would even occasionally give Shakespeare an idea for a play, which Shakespeare would in turn accept (www.pages.ramaz.org).
Disregarding the idea that he was prejudice to women brings back into question of why Shakespeare chose to kill so many of his female characters through suicide. Males, on average, lead in number of suicides per country. Though the statistics for suicides are not available for the Elizabethan era, looking at modern statistics can reveal a trend that correlates to the presumable trend during the Elizabethan era (though it can be safely presumed that suicide in general was less common, as the religious background alienated its use). For the United States of America, males are approximately 19 suicides per 100,000 people per year, while females are only 4.9. In Japan, there are about 33.5 male suicides per 100,000 people per year and 14.6 female suicides per 100,000 people per year (www.who.int/mental_health). If men take their own lives more often, why would Shakespeare disproportionality represent women killing themselves?
To answer that question, scholars need only look to the characters that condemn themselves to death. Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Ophelia all display similar characteristics that contribute to their suicide. Each are placed in a situation that they have no control over and are restrained by their society.