Posted at 09.10.2018
The three William Shakespeare's has, The Twelfth Night, Hamlet and 'The Winter's Tale' talk about the same theme "gender and sexuality". Within the three takes on the plight of women is attended to (Ralli, 2008). The Twelfth Evening portrays a sexual clutter where people go to various levels to win the people they love. Hamlet shows how men respect women as morally corrupt because they follow their hearts desire. In 'The Winter's Tale' hatred for girls is portrayed by Ruler Leontes as he mistreats her wife and child on accusation of infidelity. Hamlet and 'The Winter's' story talk about some similarities and dissimilarities in concerns of gender and sexuality.
In both has 'Hamlet' and 'The Winter's Story', Shakespeare brings about the theme of gender and sexuality. In 'Hamlet' gender doubt is as a result of the motif of incest. Claudius and Gertrude are wedded although these were ex - sister-in-law and brother-in regulation. Ophelia and Laertes screen a relationship that might be considered as incestuous. Ophelia and Laertes are sister and brother but Laertes sometimes uses erotic terms to talk with his sister. When Ophelia dies, Laertes leaps into the grave and holds her in his hands a sign of affection (Shakespeare, 1869). Hamlet and Gertrude relationship however shows the strongest form of incest. Hamlet is obsessed with Gertrude and preoccupied with her in such a way that he is fixated with her sex life with Claudius.
Hamlet shows hatred against one gender specifically women. Hamlet hates women after her mother is so fast to get hitched to Claudius after his father's fatality. He believes that girls are morally corrupt and does not take Gertrude's activities as a sign of female sexuality. Throughout the play, Hamlet is cynical about women as is seen in his associations with Gertrude and Ophelia. Hamlet sometimes appears urging Ophelia that instead of facing sexual corruption it is best if she joined a nunnery. He even uses what 'Frailty, thy name is woman' on her behalf mother (Gertrude) to show she hated women.
In the play 'The Winter's Tale', Shakespeare shows the theme of gender and sexuality. Hermione faces the wrath of his spouse Leontes when he's faced with intimate jealousy. Leontes thinks that his wife is having affectionate relationships with Polixenes his friend (Prosser, 2003). Instead of taking revenge on Polixenes, Leontes imprisons his partner as a consequence after Polixenes escapes. The play is packed with misogyny as Leontes regards her partner as "nothing". After her partner gives birth to a child, he remarks that she belongs to Polixenes and orders her to be studied to desolate land a long way away. As a sign of revitalization, Shakespeare uses Perdita, Leontes's princess to make the family back together and heal the broken romance with Polixenes. Florizel, Polixenes's child falls in love with the deserted Perdita and wants to marry her. Through the entire play Hermione spends all her time defending herself resistant to the unjust accusations of her hubby. The play shows the mistreatment of female in the modern culture.
In both works 'Hamlet' and 'The Winter Tale', the character types Hamlet and Leontes demonstrate the theme of gender and sexuality through the motif of misogyny. Hamlet displays his hate for females when he is disgusted with her mother's decision in marrying Claudius simply a couple of days after his father's loss of life. Hamlet believes that is intimate immorality. Hamlet is deeply in love with Ophelia, Laertes's brother whom she warns that she would alternatively go to nunnery rather than become sexually corrupted. Hamlet appears to have the opinion a woman getting married soon after the husband's fatality is immoral. He does not blame the men who do these sexual wrongs.
The same figure of misogyny pertains to Leontes who believes her partner Hermione must purchase his suspicion of infidelity. Although he does not have any prove that his partner is unfaithful, he sends her to jail thinking that she performed an unforgivable sin. Leontes shows hatred for girls because it could have been rational if he punished Polixenes for the same sins but after he escaped he desired to punish the wife. The hatred for females is further shown when he even won't acknowledge her little girl as her own. He opted to understand her as an object of infidelity and she should be deserted.
The only difference between Hamlet and Leontes is that Hamlet is compassionate while Leontes is not. Hamlet treasured her mom Gertrude despite her disloyalty. Although he hated what her mother was doing, Hamlet did not stop supporting her. Hamlet loved Ophelia despite the opposition from her family. He only condoned the character but didn't use his power to abuse or mistreat these women. On the other hand Leontes used his power to inflict physical and mental pain to his better half and daughter who have been supposed to be her family.
Shakespeare has used similar figurative vocabulary in both takes on 'Hamlet' and 'The Winter's Story'. In both instances figurative language introduces the main element ideas of gender and sexuality that show love, guilt and revenge. Both takes on use a figure of conversation known as soliloquy. In Hamlet the soliloquies use include situations where Hamlet says 'o that too solid flesh would melt'(Act1 Landscape 2), 'O, What a rogue and peasant slave am I'(Act 2 Arena 3), 'To be, or not to be'(Function 3 Arena 1), 'How all situations do advise against me'(Act 4 Picture 4) amongst others.
In 'The Winter's Tale' soliloquy is employed in Take action 4 Picture 3 where Autolycus speaks of his previous life. Although he's responding to the audience it is as if he is talking to himself. He talks about his trickery and just how he sees a young shepherd (Clown) address him which makes him gloat(Helprin, 2005). By far the most obvious soliloquy is when he says "I have offered Prince Florizel My traffic is mattress sheets With die and drab I purchased this caparison. . . A reward! A award!"(Helprin, 2005)
In both has, Shakespeare also uses Imagery. In the Hamlet imagery is used to represent principles and abstract ideas (Shakespeare, 1869). Work V, Scene I, Yorick's Skull found out on the graveyard represent symbolism. The skull symbolizes the inevitability of loss of life. Hamlet talks to the skull a shape of conversation known as soliloquy (V. i. 174-179)
. In 'The Winter's Tale', imagery is employed expressing the contrasting ideas of guilt versus innocence. Shakespeare uses the bible to portray the sinful works of parents. He uses Isaiah11:6-9 "Just a little child shall lead them". From the loss of life of Mamillius, just a little child, Ruler Leontes is reformed. Perdita was a way to obtain happiness to Paullina, Polixenes, and Antigous and lastly to Leontes (Work I, Scene II, and Lines 83-87). Shakespeare also uses epigrams in the play on Act I, Scene II, Lines 203-205 "He makes a July's day short as Dec". Function II, Picture III collection 185 "I am a feather for each and every wind flow that blows. "
The other similarity between 'Hamlet' and 'The Winter's Story' is the use of one particular round figure. In Hamlet, the primary identity is Hamlet. Hamlet accumulates the whole report which revolves around him. In the complete play he brings about the theme of gender and sexuality through relationship, guilt and revenge. Hamlet would like to eliminate Claudius because he was involved romantically with her mother which he suspects was the reason why he wiped out her mother. In 'The Winter's Story' Leontes is a spherical character who brings about the theme of gender and sexuality. Leontes is jealous because he believes his partner and Polixenes are romantically engaged (Helprin, 2005).
A major similarity between your two plays would be that the major conflict in the works is as a result of romance. In the Hamlet, Claudius falls deeply in love with Gertrude. Due to the partnership he eliminates Hamlet's daddy. Hamlet is thereafter endeavoring to revenge for his father's loss of life. In 'The Winter's Tale', Leontes is annoyed because he feels his better half is romantically involved with his good friend. He throws his wife in prison and disowns his daughter. His daughter falls deeply in love with Polixenes's child and gets wedded. Their romance causes marriage which thereafter unites the two families.