It also reflects how an individual is faced with tough questions but comes up with honest semi-answers.Ophelia illuminates the double standard of her brother as she points to his having been promiscuous himself ("puff'd and reckless libertine").In an example of patriarchal power, Polonius exploits his daughter Ophelia by having her talk to Hamlet and report everything that he says to her.The play Hamlet recounts the events that take place in the Denmark kingdom .The play is believed to have been written between the years 1599- 1601.These relationships - especially those dealing with women or issues of femininity - allow a level of interpretation that examines not merely the events of the play, but the true underlying significance of gender both to Shakespeare and to the characters he presents. Shakespeare And Feminist Criticism: An annotated Bibliography and Commentary. In order to interpret the significance of the feminine within the relationships in the play, one must first understand precisely the nature of 'feminine.' Though this term is typically associated only with women, Hamlet in many regards breaks down these barriers. "'Angels and Ministers of Grace': Hamlet, IV, v-vii." Paraphrased in Philip Kolin, Shakespeare and Feminist Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography and Commentary. At any rate, he does ask his mother in Act III not to sleep with Claudius, and he tells her in Act III, Scene 4 that he will ask for her blessing when she repents.--Proximity Maintenance: This term pertains to an individual's desire to be physically close to the caregiver.This is a culture that is getting extinct in the contemporary society.Hamlet is a play that leaves the audience with the notion that life is worth living, by the imperfect individuals in an imperfect world.