Gertrude of Hamlet In Hamlet, Gertrude is a woman who means no harm but whose poor judgment contributes greatly to the terrible events that occur. There are only two female characters in the play, and neither one--Gertrude or Ophelia--is assertive. But the decisions Gertrude does make eventually lead to her death and the downfall of others as well. We first realize in Act I, Scene 2 that poor judgment is her major character flaw. As the mother of a grieving son, Gertrude should have been more sensitive to Hamlet's feelings.
While Gertrude means no harm, her poor judgment contributes significantly to the rotten events that occur throughout the play. The choices Gertrude does make ultimately leads to her death and the downfall of the ones she loves as well. The characterization of Gertrude makes it hard to sympathize with her. From the beginning, Gertrude is portrayed as a feeble minded character that has no say with the cards that are given to her. She acts as though she does not have a thought in her head and her submissiveness is what makes her a very unlikable character.
This may be one of the reasons why Hamlet was first attracted to Ophelia and now the reason why Hamlet rejects Ophelia. By disposition, Gertrude turns to the positive side of life and can’t bear to face pain. The pain she felt after her adultery with Claudius may have been what motivated Claudius to murder her husband. When the conditions were right for her to marry her lover, she was most happy and wished for the difficulties of the past be forgotten. The only thing left to make Gertrude unhappy is Hamlet’s refusal to forget the death of his father or to forgive her for remarrying so quickly.
She complies with his wishes, agreeing to return any tokens of Hamlet’s love to him, verify t... ... middle of paper ... ...course, ultimately infuriates and intensifies his urge for revenge. Because of Gertrude’s refusal to acknowledge her sins, Hamlet becomes even more personally motivated to kill Claudius for revenge. Queen Gertrude, though ignorant, has a huge impact on the play because her betrayal and abandonment motivates Hamlet to get revenge. When writing Hamlet, Shakespeare created a complex play that relies on the roles of two important women to aid the progression of the plot. Although Queen Gertrude and Ophelia rarely speak, they function as a way for the men become informed about Hamlet’s mental state and motives for madness.
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Gertrude is a woman who is also a queen that harms no one but the terrible comprehension to the situation at hand greatly affect the outcome of events. Out of the two female characters in Hamlet, Gertrude and Ophelia, are not self-confident. The actions of Gertrude will indefinitely lead up to the demise of her and some other characters in the play. The readers first see that in Act 1, Scene 2 the poor judgment of her character is her biggest flaw. A regular mother to a grieving child should know that a child needs their mother to get pass this terrible event and Gertrude does not notice how insensitive she is being to Hamlet.
Given that women of that age had known nothing else they attempted to fit the stereotype to please the ‘natural order’. The role women played in Hamlet was complicated. Their distinct purpose as characters in the tragedy was to illustrate Hamlet’s warped view of women and give the audience an obvious understanding of Hamlets madness and distress. Hamlets strong unwavering judgment of women was caused by his mother. He had been delusional about women by Gertrude’s actions.
William Shakespeare has represented women in wide range of characterizations and notions. In his most famous and memorable play Hamlet the character Gertrude played an impact on Hamlet himself and her actions of selfishness depicted throughout the play. However in some cases she did mean well for her son but her act of selfishness resulted in a lost son. Gertrude’s poor judgments of betrayal and selfishness result in the tragic conflicts with her son Hamlet. We first realize Gertrudes poor judgments is her major flaw in the beginning of the play.
Some may argue that Ophelia is one of the causes of Hamlet’s ‘madness’ and his recoil from love. The reaction Hamlet has to Ophelia, at the play for example, allows us to watch Hamlet’s disintegration- he is crude and sexually offensive towards Ophelia which allows us to see the way Hamlet is changing throughout the play. Gertrude is also arguably crucial in displaying motifs of the play. Hamlet sees his mother as a representation of how weak and frail women are-she is the reason he views women in this way. This shapes Hamlet’s opinion of women dur... ... middle of paper ... ...Women, Madness and the Responsibilites of Feminist Criticism’ page 113 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)  Elaine Showalter ‘Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness and the Responsibilites of Feminist Criticism’ page 114 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)  Vieda Skultans, ‘English Madness: Ideas on Insanity 1580-1890’ (London, 1997) in Elaine Showalter ‘Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness and the Responsibilites of Feminist Criticism’ page 118 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)  Rebecca Smith, ‘A Heart Cleft in Twain: The Dilemma of Shakespeare’s Gertrude’ page 82 in Martine Coyle (ed) ‘New Case Books: Contemporary Critical Essays” (C Palgrave 1992)
She tells Ophelia about her hope that Hamlet 's madness came from his love for Ophelia. If Gertrude keeps believing this, she won 't have to face the marriage as the problem or feel guilty. Gertrude 's romantic outlook again keeps her from seeing truth. Because of Hamlet 's powerful belief in his mother 's guilt, he takes his anger out on Ophelia, who Hamlet may think is just another insincere woman like his mother. Hamlet is determined to use the play to get at his mother 's conscience in addition to Claudius '.
The character of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet presents the reader with a sense of sympathy and pity. While trying to fulfill the role of Polonius’s daughter, Laertes’s sister, and Hamlet’s lover, Ophelia’s character experiences a whirlwind of emotional pain. In efforts to please everyone, Ophelia absentmindedly follows all orders given to her disregarding her own beliefs and values. Her role in Hamlet is one of submissive dependence on the men in her life. Her sanity is put to the test throughout the play as Polonius tries to protect her, and Laertes and Hamlet attempt to seek revenge.