Shakespeare's Famous Words

By: Margo Lisovaya

"Frailty, thy name is woman."

The quote comes from one of Shakespeare's famous plays, Hamlet. "Frailty, thy name is woman" is uttered during Hamlet's soliloquy as he sits in the castle. After only a month has passed since his father's death, Gertrude, his mother, remarries Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. This angers Hamlet and causes him to question his mother's loyalty and character. The tone that is conveyed is complete and utter fury towards the matter. This angry tone advances the plot by portraying Hamlet's stance on his mother's marriage. This quote alludes to the alleged inherent weakness of character of woman. The quote is able to illustrate more of Hamlet's tragic flaw by revealing his burdening Oedipus complex. It also suggests that his mother's sexuality has poisoned his own which is later revealed in his relations with Ophelia.