I just finished reading this wonderful story of Hamlet. It really touched me on the inside. I just don't understand some criticisms and controversies.I need to understand 2 examples of different...

I just finished reading this wonderful story of Hamlet. It really touched me on the inside. I just don't understand some criticisms and controversies.

I need to understand 2 examples of different criticisms such as frailty to help me understand this fantastic novel.

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Hamlet addresses Frailty and says it's name is woman.  He is speaking of his mother and her inability to be herself without a man attached to her...she has buried his father and married Claudius quickly, indicating she is either a weak individual who can not be alone or that they plotted to get rid of him and make room for their love affair.  Hamlet is trying to deal with that as a son and as an heir who has been robbed of his birthright.

In addition, Ophelia is considered weak for first losing her sanity (although she has lost her father and the possibility of Hamlet's love in one small span of time), and then for killing herself by drowning.

So, with these two examples, it is easy to see why Hamlet considers women weak and frail.

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Could you be more specific about what you are confused about? Are you not understanding controversies with characters inside the plot, or are you confused about literary criticism of Hamlet?

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Could you be more specific about what you are confused about? Are you not understanding controversies with characters inside the plot, or are you confused about literary criticism of Hamlet?

I don't understand the different criticisms that take place in the story. I think frailty of women is one, but how could you explain it? Also what are some examples of the frailty inside the story? is it when ithink ophelia is talking to someone who says don't tell anyone what we just talked about and then as soon as he left she tells someone else? Thanks, i hope you can understand this

thats a good example......another one occurs when u think of fraility as inconstancy and  mental weakness in women for instance gertrude. she doesnt wait after senior hamlets death and hurriedly marries claudius, its as if she was too overcome with emotion for him so her reasoning capacity failed. she could not think beyond her gratification, not what repercussion her action would have. also ophelia does not stand firm in asking her dad why he ll evesdrop her talk with hamlet, easily believes wha he says. another thing is hamlet's brusquenes, her dad's death bot make her insane, she's too weak n succumbs.  so fraility can see viewed in different ways

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Hamlet addresses Frailty and says it's name is woman.  He is speaking of his mother and her inability to be herself without a man attached to her...she has buried his father and married Claudius quickly, indicating she is either a weak individual who can not be alone or that they plotted to get rid of him and make room for their love affair.  Hamlet is trying to deal with that as a son and as an heir who has been robbed of his birthright.

In addition, Ophelia is considered weak for first losing her sanity (although she has lost her father and the possibility of Hamlet's love in one small span of time), and then for killing herself by drowning.

So, with these two examples, it is easy to see why Hamlet considers women weak and frail.

tmoskal91 is looking for two criticisms of frailty, not within the text of Hamlet, but within other works of art. He needs back up from other sources explaining frailty.

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tmoskal91: this is an excellent question you have proposed. when you find the answer let me know. i think what you're trying to find are two examples of frailty, but not within the story, but in any other book. you have to describe why ophelia is frail based on what other authors think.

idontlove hamlet, you sound like an intelligent person. One question to you, how do you not love hamlet? its the greatest piece of literature ever written. I enjoyed reading it in my english class and I had to buy a copy of it for myself and buy the great movie along with it.

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tmoskal91: this is an excellent question you have proposed. when you find the answer let me know. i think what you're trying to find are two examples of frailty, but not within the story, but in any other book. you have to describe why ophelia is frail based on what other authors think.

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tmoskal91 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Could you be more specific about what you are confused about? Are you not understanding controversies with characters inside the plot, or are you confused about literary criticism of Hamlet?

I don't understand the different criticisms that take place in the story. I think frailty of women is one, but how could you explain it? Also what are some examples of the frailty inside the story? is it when ithink ophelia is talking to someone who says don't tell anyone what we just talked about and then as soon as he left she tells someone else? Thanks, i hope you can understand this

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