Which question is most likely to be asked by a reader studying a text with a feminist perspective? Which character has more power: Hamlet or Claudius? Which character has more power: Gertrude or Claudius? Why was a story about royal heirs important in Shakespeare’s time? Why was a story about an unhappy prince important in Shakespeare’s time?
The correct answer would be B) "Which character has more power: Gertrude or Claudius?" Because, feminists would like to explore the power of a female character versus the power of the male character. As you may know she is the Queen of Denmark, and when the king dies, she marries his brother Claudius. There are several ways we can try and analyse her character in comparison to Claudius. (e.g. Is she just a dependent woman that needs a man next to her?)