In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet there is no such things as equality between men and women. The reason for this is because gender roles play a big part in men’s attitude and behavior towards women in this play. Throughout the play, Hamlet is quite the rude fellow, he insults and constantly puts down female characters within the play. He completely does not try to hide the fact that he dislikes women. Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, and Ophelia, Hamlet’s ex-lover are both victims of his rude behavior. Proof of this is Hamlet’s speeches and conversations that go on with these two victims. For Gertrude, Hamlet expresses his feelings of disbelief and anger towards her life decisions, and totally not being supportive of them. For Ophelia, Hamlet completely shows no respect for her, he is completely rude and uncaring towards his ex-lover. These exemplify Hamlet's negative behavior towards women.
In Act 3, Scene 4, Hamlet expresses his frustration towards Gertrude. The reason for this is because he is displeased with her decision to marry Claudius. So Hamlet decides to talk some sense into his own mother. “Leave wringing of your hands. Peace. Sit you down. And let me wring your heart.” (iii.iv.36-37). Hamlet expresses how angered he is by insulting her and her decisions. Causing Hamlet to dislike his mother. But he still shows a little respect towards her because she is his mother. Not only does Hamlet insult her decisions but he questions her lust for love and sexual activities. He says to Gertrude that she is far too old and humble to be sexually active. “You cannot call it love, for at your age. The heyday in the blood is tame.” (iii.iv.70-71). Hamlet is implying that Gertrude is too old to be looking for love and to be sexually active. Telling her that women at her age should not be doing these kinds of actions whether it was for lust or social status. Therefore, gender roles is one of the causes for Hamlet to behave this way towards his mother.