Feminist Critique

When they lose their father, Ophelia and Laertes grieve in ways that suit their respective masculine and feminine roles. Ophelia becomes so emotional and passive that she goes insane, meanwhile Laertes seeks immediate violent revenge. When we look at Hamlet however, we find that he fits easily into both these categories.  At first this is a deliberate choice, but soon it becomes clear that he is internally more complex than he was lead to believe.