She was romantically involved with Hamlet, and couldn’t handle the fact that her boyfriend murdered her father. This destroyed Ophelia’s character and led to her suicide. Polonius’ son Laertes, had now lost his entire family and wanted to get revenge by assassinating Hamlet. Laertes was having a meeting with Claudius and they were planning the details of how to kill Hamlet.
In Act 3, scene 4 lines 52 through 93, Hamlet confronts his mother, Gertrude and explains his suspicions about his uncle, Claudius, being a poison that infected and ruined his mother’s soul. The passage gives readers a deep insight into both Hamlet and Gertrude Hamlet’s true feelings for his mother are exposed in a verbal attack as he explains Claudius is an unworthy man who seduced his mother and murdered his father. The conversation is important to the storyline of Hamlet because Gertrude’s character becomes more defined through her interactions with her son and greatly impacts how the tragedy plays out as she refuses to believe Hamlet when he explains Claudius is a villian. Hamlet feels very angry and feels his mother has abandoned and betrayed King Hamlet and himself. His ideas about her being a good pure Queen are proved false as she turns her back on her husband and marries his brother.
Gertrude is, more so than any other character in the play, the antithesis of her son, Hamlet. (Introduction p 1) Gertrude is a very complex character because she married Claudius, her husband’s brother, shortly after her husband’s death. Those actions are morally wrong and the ghost of old Hamlet revers to Gertrude as an adulterer. “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts wicked wit, and gifts that have the power so to seduce!--won to his shameful lust the will of my most seeming-virtuous queen. (I.V)” (Introduction p1) However, Gertrude is actually a very caring person.
Therefore, Gertrude is the driving factor for the whole setup of the play. Another significant female character is Ophelia, Hamlet's love. Hamlet's quest for revenge interferes with his relationship with Ophelia. There is much evidence to show that Hamlet loved her a great deal, but his pretense of madness drove her to her death. Ophelia drowned not knowing what was happening to her.
As the play opened, Hamlet and Ophelia appeared as lovers experiencing a time of turbulence. Hamlet had just returned home from his schooling in Saxony to find that his mother had quickly remarried her dead husband's brother, and this gravely upset him. Hamlet was sincerely devoted to the idea of bloodline loyalty and sought revenge upon learning that Claudius had killed his father. Ophelia, though it seems her relationship with Hamlet is in either the developmental stage or the finalizing stage, became the prime choice as a lure for Hamlet. Laertes inadvertently opened Ophelia up to this role when he spoke with Ophelia about Hamlet before leaving for France.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a young prince named Hamlet is shocked to learn of his father’s murder carried out by his uncle and his mother’s incestuous marriage with his uncle. Hamlet is undoubtedly angry and upset at his mother for remarrying so soon after the death of his father and begins to believe all women act in the same manner as his mother. Through Hamlet’s harsh treatment of the female characters, Shakespeare portrays an unjust distrust towards all women and their presumed potential for betrayal. The queen’s impetuous remarriage ruined Hamlet’s opinion on womanhood. After Hamlet’s speech about suicide and death, Hamlet describes the causes of his pain, specifically his disgust at his mother’s marriage to Claudius.
It is her crazed reaction to her father's death, ultimately resulting in her suicide, which most strongly affects the plays ending. The other woman in the play is Gertrude. She is the Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet. She is King Hamlet’s widow but married Claudius shortly after his death. Gertrude is vital to the main plot of the play, however as with Ophelia, her char... ... middle of paper ... ... the play as she is a character that sits in the middle of the conflict, and seems intent in resolving it at every turn.
Although Lady Macbeth craves the crown more than her next breath so she compels Macbeth to slaughter Duncan in his sleep. In the end all their efforts and lies backfired and led them both to their demise. In this play, Lady Macbeth is most responsible for Duncan’s murder. Shakespeare elucidates this though conflict and character. In Macbeth by William Shakespeare Lady Macbeth is the most at fault for Duncan’s death; all the actions that came before and after his death fell like a deadly maze of dominoes because Lady Macbeth manipulated her husband into the disposal of Duncan with her poisonous words.
The feud is highly to blame for the deaths of the two lovers as it is responsible for the secret marriage, Romeo’s banishment, and for the Friars scheme. The families are both involved in the family feud, therefore can be held partly responsible for the deaths of the lovers. Romeos parents are a lot less pushy than Juliet’s parents. When Romeo is banished from Verona, it makes Lady Montague so unhappy she dies of grief. Juliet’s parents are pushy social climbers who want her to marry Paris, a rich and influential nobleman related to the Prince of Verona.
In order to obtain these things he went behind Gertrude, his lover¹s, back and murdered her husband. Shortly after, he married her and took the crown. Not only was this extremely deceitful to Gertrude, but it hurt Hamlet, his nephew, extremely. Lady Macbeth was indeed as power hungry as Claudius, and she too plotted a murder in order for her husband to obtain the crown. In doing this she was extremely deceitful of her lover also.