Hamlet by William Shakespeare focuses on the title character plotting vengeance against Claudius for his father's murder to capture the Danish crown. The new king is also Hamlet's uncle and now stepdad due to the marriage with his mother, Gertrude. Through a sequence of events, the protagonist eventually avenges his father, although both his mother and himself fall to a tragic fate as well. Throughout the course of the play, the relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude changes from strained to a disrespectful and mistrustful to a bittersweet ending. The relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude is strained at first.
Gertrude is not in touch with her own son's feelings to see why he is angry. Hamlet expresses this outrage during his first soliloquy: O, most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! (I.ii 156-157) Gertrude is shown to be a loving mother but a parent who cannot read into her sons's behavior. When answering Hamlet, she says that it is common for all men to die, but this is not just any man who has died, she should realize; it's Hamlet's own father! Also, when Gertrude asks Hamlet: If it be, Why seems it so particular with thee?
Since she has been trained since birth, the desires of her father push all other notions aside, and she replies as she ofte... ... middle of paper ... ...e / Whose violent property fordoes itself" stating that he believed Hamlet’s obsession with Ophelia was its cause (2.2.99-100). Finally, it is plainly established as Hamlet leaps onto Ophelia’s grave and declares his love for her. Their obvious love for each other is hidden, however, under a cover called lack of communication. While the couple is torn apart by forces beyond their control, they never tell each other, which leads to misunderstandings between them. To conclude, it is the very lack of communication in a relationship that can lead to misunderstandings that can obscure otherwise tight bonds.
In the end, Ophelia, Claudius, King Hamlet, Laertes, Polonius, Gertrude, and Hamlet all end up dead. Their deaths result from Claudius’ desire for power and wealth and Hamlet’s desire for revenge. The conversation between Hamlet and Gertrude, in which he warns her against his uncle, plays a huge role in affecting the story. By ignoring Hamlet’s wishes and understanding what he was trying to tell her, the two men destroy their family. Works Cited Greenblatt, Stephen , Walter Cohen, Jean Howard, and Katharine Maus.
In the beginning of the book, Hamlet behaves as any normal person would when he mourns the untimely death of his father, the King. He is dreary and depressed and also contemplates suicide. On the other hand, Gertrude behaves as though her husband’s death did not even occur, not in such a way that she is denying it happened, but as if it was insignificant and trivial. She marries her husband’s brother a month after his death. She continues to live on in a blissful world, while Hamlet is repulsed by his mother’s decision to remarry so quickly.
Ophelia rejected him and his mother married his uncle. But this is not surprising because Hamlet distrusts everyone and tries to push everyone away, especially Ophelia whom he says he loves greatly (5,1). The relationships between Hamlet and his mother and Hamlet and Ophelia
After being verbally abused by the man she loves, there is no sympathy from her own father. Polonius just tells his daughter he and the King heard it all, that she should not worry about explaining: "—How now, Ophelia? You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said, we heard it all—My Lord do as you please..." (3.1.174-176). The little concern Polonius shows towards his daughter 's feelings, not only shows his selfishness,
Hamlet desperately is in need for Ophelia's love yet she just distances herself from him, which triggers him into a belief that she betrays him. When in reality she is just in fear of her father and brother since she's been asked to break up with him. While Ophelia just obeys her father Hamlet on the other hand just goes along with his act of losing his mind and doesn’t pay any heed to her. Ophelia felt caught up in all this she was alone, and the one person she has love for betrays her. Hamlet confesses his love for Ophelia after knowing of her death' 'In the graveyard, Hamlet is confronted by Laertes that he never loved Ophelia.
He kept wondering how his mother can do this to him and Hamlet plots revenge against the King; the king is also plotting revenge against Hamlet. Hamlet is saddened by his father’s death, but what saddened him even more was that his mother would do such thing like betray his father. However, the death of her father was the primary reason why she went mad. She didn’t go mad because of anything else. She was deeply saddened by her father’s death because he was the only one she looked up to and whom she say as her shining light, so to speak, but now that light has gone away and she saw no point in continuing on with life.
He expresses this thought with his first soliloquy: O, most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! (I.ii 156-157) Gertrude is seen as a loving mother, yet she can't tell how her own son is feeling towards the entire situation. She also tells Hamlet that "it is common for all men to die", however this person that has died isn't a "common" man but he is Hamlet's own father. So it is completely justified to grieve like Hamlet did. She also shows no awareness to how the sudden death of his father is tormenting Hamlet on the inside, so she isn't going to think deeply about King Hamlet's death or put any thought into what Hamlet is thinking.