William Shakespeare's Hamlet centers on the internal struggle of the Prince of
Denmark. Cherrie Moraga's Shadow of a Man centers on the Rodriguez family during
1969 in Los Angeles, California. Most readers are focused on the words and the actions
of these two stories only. Often overlooked and unappreciated are the stories females
characters such as Queen Gertrude of Denmark, Ophelia both of Hamlet and Hortensia,
Rosario, Lupe and Leticia from Shadow of a man. As one author states, "Thanks to
feminist criticism, gender is not indissolvably fixed in Shakespeare. Male characters can
profitably incorporate female characters and women characters can assume masculine
In the Shadow of a Man, Hortensia is the minor female character. She is married
to Manuel Rodriguez . They had two beautiful daughters, Lupe and Leticia. The time
setting is the late 1960's and at that time women really did not have a voice.
more along the line of being seen and not heard. Hortensia in this story represents
strength and love. In the sense of strength, she tries to hold the family together while
Manuel goes out and becomes and alcoholic. While in the sense of love she uses her
love for her children to deal with her issues with Manuel.
One of the voices rarely noted in Hamlet is that of Queen Gertrude of Denmark,
Hamlet's betraying mother and Claudius's sister-in-law made wife. Gertrude has many
of the darker and more mysterious qualities of both Claudius and Hamlet. Her
reflections of Hamlet are her feelings of confusion and unsure loyalty. These are some
of Hamlet's deep-seated weaknesses. Gertrude's tratiorness reflects the dark part of
Even as being Hamlet's mother, she still has a lot of the evil that is with in
Claudius and because of this, Hamlet has a...