Gertrude Character Analysis

William Shakespeare shaped "The Tragedy of Hamlet" in such a captivating manner through strong character development. Shakespeare gave life to well-rounded characters of the play by giving them characteristics and traits that the audience can recognize and relate to. A strong memorable character in any play has to come to life in front of the audience with standout traits and plausible characteristics. Even though Gertrude does not voice her thoughts and stand quiet most of the play, she is developed as a strong character in the play that affects the tragic plot. Shakespeare created Gertrude to demonstrate the characteristics of dependence, selfishness, and weak-mindedness in effort to contribute the tragic events of the play.
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It can also be assumed that another reason Gertrude married Claudius so hastily after the death of her first husband is that she wanted to keep her status as queen. Originally Hamlet was supposed to step up as king since his father died. If that would have taken place, whoever Hamlet marries would be the new queen, presumably Ophelia. Gertrude could have very well married Claudius for greed. She could have very well married Claudius to keep her position as queen. Furthermore, the line “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast…” in Act One Scene Five insinuates that Gertrude had been the lover of Claudius even before Hamlet’s father died. An adulterous act can only be committed by definition when a person has a lover, and have sex with another. If they had gotten together after the late king’s passing it would not be considered adulterous. Gertrude’s selfishness is illuminated with that very scene, because she was only thinking about herself and her own desires when getting involved with Claudius. The late king’s expression of betrayal towards Gertrude aide Hamlet create a dreadful plan of action to confront his mother for her wrong doings. Thus, proving that Gertrude’s selfish ways helped to lead the dreadful events of the…show more content…
Firstly, Gertrude followed a wicked man willingly. It was revealed that she did in fact knew of Claudius’s sinister ways when Hamlet confronted Gertrude in her bedroom chambers, and Hamlet chastised his mother for all her wrong doing and the murderer she proclaims to love. Gertrude could not handle his scorn and asked Hamlet to stop, because the guilt was too much to bare. She did not react to Hamlet calling Claudius a murderer or denied it, but Gertrude did run to Claudius after the confrontation with Hamlet. It can be heavily assumed that she knew of his wicked ways, but only seen him as her loving husband. Gertrude seemed to not hold the ability to think deeply about the situation at hand, and she ran straight into the Antagonist’s arms. Having the mental capability to assess a tragic situation and to figure out the suitable actions was something Gertrude lacked. Additionally, in Act One Scene Five the ghost of Hamlet’s father says “So to seduce, won to his shameful lust the will of my most virtuous queen.” The Ghost illustrates the picture of a woman who was loyal to her husband, but was seduced by his brother. For one to be seduced by the brother of one’s love, the mental proficiency to repress the advances must be moderately low. To turn away something the flesh wants takes strength, but Gertrude being a weak minded individual was not capable of staying faithful. Not turning Claudius away lead to the
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