Gender as a societal issue, in today’s time, has made much progress towards equality and acceptance for all humans. This though, was not the case within a Shakespearean time. In taking a look at the ideas from Judith Butler and the events within Hamlet, it can be found that inequalities are present throughout all gender types. Ophelia, Gertrude, and Hamlet all fall victim to this masculine hierarchy. Women in the play are continually put down by male figures while men are held to a standard where they must act manly otherwise they are considered cowardly. These circumstances raise awareness for inequalities for all gender types while in a male dominant society.