What does Hamlet mean when he says, "Frailty, thy name is woman"?


"Frailty, thy name is woman" is a line from the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. Hamlet speaks this line in dismay at his mother's swift remarriage after the death of his father.

Hamlet is upset with his mother, believing her to be weak both for marrying his uncle and for marrying again so soon after the death of his father. He generalizes his feelings about her to all of womankind with this line. The line is one of the more well-known from Shakespeare's works. It can be taken as a misogynistic comment, but whether it is a reflection on Shakespeare's personal attitudes or the time in which he lived is up for debate.

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