Urgent! Compare the treatment of women in Hamlet, Sonnet 130, "Cousin Kate", and/or "Havisham." Sonnet 130 "Cousin Kate" "Havisham"
Like the speaker in "Cousin Kate," who has been tossed aside for another woman, Ophelia is also exploited in Shakespeare's Hamlet. For, she is used by both her father, Polonius, and Hamlet, who supposedly loves her. For, knowing that Ophelia loves Hamlet, but serving his own interest in ingratiating himself with King Claudius and Queen Gertrude, he orders his daughter to provoke Hamlet:
No, my good lord. But as you did commandI did repel his letters and deniedHis access to me. (2.1.108-110)
Spinster, I...remember. whole days
in bed cawing NOOOOO at the wall; the dress
yellowing, trembling if I open the wardrobe;
the slewed mirror, full-length, her, myself, who did this to me?
The mistress in Sonnet 130 is quite loved, but recognized as unattractive and quite the opposite of a typical love interest. Her shortcomings are readily apparent to her lover, but he recognizes that most descriptions of "dream women" are filled with exaggeration.
Cousin Kate is a woman who has been the love interest of a lord, only to be cast aside for another woman. She is broken-hearted, yet is carrying the baby of the lord, which his current wife cannot give him.
Havisham is about a bride that was abandoned on the day of her wedding and has never gotten over it. In fact, it has ruined her life and become the sole focus of her misery.
The women in all 3 texts are objectified. The only women that is truly loved is the mistress in Sonnet 130, yet she is presented as someone that isn't special enough to blind her lover to the truth of her faults. Both women in the other texts have been cast aside and left broken because of their relationships with the men they loved.