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The Tragedy of Hamlet ~ " frailty, thy name is women "  Frailty, thy name is...

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adrena | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 15, 2008 at 5:25 PM via web

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The Tragedy of Hamlet ~ " frailty, thy name is women "


 Frailty, thy name is women.

I have to write a paper on this quote but i am not sure how to start the paper. If someone out there could give me alittle help or ideas it would be greatly appreciated.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 15, 2008 at 5:33 PM (Answer #2)

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2008 at 7:33 AM (Answer #3)

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It's about gender issues.  The fact that Hamlet is angry with his mother for being so weak as to quickly marry the first available male so soon after her husband's death.

Is Gertrude really weak?  Frail?  Or is she just preserving her spot on the throne and playing the game of "survival of the fittest"?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 12, 2010 at 5:40 PM (Answer #4)

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This quote from Hamlet is not simply about Gertrude, although I don’t think Amy Lepore is trying to say that. It is what Hamlet has come to believe about the fickle faithless nature of women. Don’t forget, that Ophelia has deserted Hamlet as has his mother.

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