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Hamlet And Gertrude Language Analysis

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In Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. Hamlet. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012. Print., Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet and Queen Gertrude to demonstrate how language can negatively impact a relationship through the use of dialogue. In this play, Hamlet is a prince with Queen Gertrude and King Hamlet as his parents. King Hamlet was killed while resting in the garden through the use of poison placed into his ear by Claudius, his brother. Queen Gertrude marries Claudius and he becomes King while taking Hamlet’s position. Hamlet feels anger towards his mother and a relationship is created in which both, Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, attack one another through dialogue.

In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the
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Shakespeare shows that the relationship wants to change once again and become healthy as it was before the death of King Hamlet. This change is illustrated when Hamlet becomes “mad” and Queen Gertrude wishes the best for him. She expresses that Ophelia, Hamlet’s love, “will bring him to his wonted way again” (III.1.45). Queen Gertrude shows a change, from heartless to caring, and wishes for Hamlet to get well soon. Later, Queen Gertrude directs words to Hamlet and wants him to be comfortable around her. “Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me” (III.2.115). Queen Gertrude is reaching out to Hamlet and refers to him as her “dear” which shows love towards Hamlet. Last, Hamlet shows he isn’t willing to make the relationship better. Hamlet responds to Queen Gertrude’s proposal to sit next to him with, “No, good mother. Here’s metal more attractive.” (III.2.116-117). Hamlet refuses to sit next to his mother showing he isn’t willing to get close to her and not change the relationship. Hamlet says, “Here’s metal more attractive” as an excuse to keep away from her side and not be harsh with his mother. Shakespeare shows, through dialogue, how a negative relationship cannot be changed even though signs of love are still shown with examples of Queen Gertrude calling him her “dear” and Hamlet being as polite as he can be when he refuses to sit next to
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