There was one play that had a main female role and multiple supporting roles, this play was Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Weitz, Morris.
However, not only is she the mother to the tragic hero Hamlet, she is also widow to his laid father, King Hamlet Senior, and also newly wed to Hamlets uncle, Claudius. Others have asserted that the roles of women in his plays were prominent for the time and culture that he lived in.
This visualization helps convey how trapped by the men in her life Ophelia feels. As in many biblical stories, history has proven time and time again that it is women who have always corrupted humanity.
Women who comply with the social order are lost without it; those who defy it can know no other fortune than to be lost within it. On the other side, Ophelia is characterized to be ignorant, innocent and fearful.
The tragedy follows the story of Prince Hamlet as he undergoes states of insanity, depression, and eventual death. Any debate based upon gender roles must therefore focus upon these two characters.