His ideas about her being a good pure Queen are proved false as she turns her back on her husband and marries his brother. This bothers Hamlet before he discovers his father was murdered. “Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots, As will not leave their tinct” (79-81) Gertrude admits that incest with her husband’s brother has blackened her soul and will forever haunt her existence. Her son’s words have struck her and she realizes what a horrible sin she has committed. However, it seems she says this to appease Hamlet as though her future actions do not show that she is remorseful.
While pretending his insanity, he mistakenly kills Polonius, councillor to the king, and also drives his lover, Ophelia, to suicide. In addition, Hamlet abandons all those he once called friends except for his one confidant, Horatio. Eventually, the insanity, once feigned by Hamlet, morphed into reality and became his enemy. The insanity Hamlet adopted led to ruthlessness and errors of judgement as Hamlet was blinded by the revenge of his father. As Christina Autiero asserts in a paper given at a conference held in Westchester - Putnam School, “Blinded by [his] passions,...Hamlet indirectly causes the death of Ophelia and his mother...revenge and Hamlet’s method of madness primarily cause his death and actions.
She is also scared for Hamlet during the duel against Laertes which ends up being a trap to poison Hamlet and kill him. Gertrude has made poor choices that can make her look like a villain but actions that also make her look very caring. Gertrude’s actions are responsible for a lot of Hamlets madness. In the beginning of the play, before Hamlet discovers the truth behind his father’s murder, he is upset at his mother because she remarried quickly. Not only did she remarry quickly but married her dead husbands brother, Claudius.
It is here, we see that Gertrude has shifted loyalty to her son and is no longer naïve to her husband’s plot. It can be said that Gertrude assumed that Hamlet was insane and his accusations were merely nonsensical, however Gertrude’s death shows us that she is no longer loyal to her husband. When Claudius plots to have Hamlet murdered, he has a poisoned glass of wine and tries to have him drink it. Before Hamlet can Gertrude enters and tries to drink the wine, when Claudius discourages this, she replies simply, “I will, my lord. I pray you, pardon me.”(5.2.287) and drinks.
Prior to the opening of the drama, Gertrude was having an incestuous affair with her husbands brother, Claudius. Claudius then killed his brother (King Hamlet), and shortly after married Gertrude. Prince Hamlet could not handle this and was disgusted by the entire situation. He then decided to put on an "Antic Disposition," meaning that he will pretend to be crazy in order to find out the details of what is going on. Gertrude observes that Hamlet is not his usual self, and she feels responsible because her remarriage is so soon after her old husbands death.
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.
Hamlet: Ophelia and Gertrude Ophelia and Gertrude, two different women who seem to be trapped in the same situation when it comes to Hamlet. Gertrude, Hamlet's mother and the Queen of Denmark is married to Claudius, who is suspected by Hamlet to have killed his father, King Hamlet, who is Claudius's brother. Gertrude ended up in the plot of King Hamlet's death and in the eyes of her son, is a monster and helped with the murder. Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius who is the King's counselor and is later killed in the play and has forbidden his daughter to see Hamlet. She truly loves Hamlet and is devastated when he disowns her and pretends to be mad.
Whitney 1 Gregory Whitney Mrs. Kittredge H Eng. 10 2/19/14 Queen Gertrude is the Center of Conflict One of the most important characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet would be the mother of Hamlet himself, Gertrude. Queen Gertrude played a terrible and devious part, which left many wondering the solidity of her honor and dignity. She led a life of prestige and luxury, but could not find happiness in either. Gertrude is the cause of conflict in Hamlet because in her quest for happiness, she married her brother-in-law shortly after her husband’s death, she was a driving force for the murder the King, and she is the motivation for much of Hamlet’s rash actions.
Hamlet's mother tries to reason with Hamlet after the play, while Polonius spied on them from behind a curtain. Hamlet hears Polonius, and kills him through the curtain, thinking the person is Claudius. When finding out the truth, Hamlet regrets the death, yet Claudius still sends him to England, accompanied by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with orders from Claudius that the English kill Hamlet as soon as her arrives. After Hamlet leaves, Laertes returns from France, enraged over Polonius' death. Ophelia reacts to her father's death with utter madness and eventually falls in a stream and drowns, further angering Laertes.
The Ghost gives Hamlet, who is already disgusted with his mother for marrying his uncle such a short time after his father’s death, even more disturbing information about the Queen. There is not reason to believe that Gertrude is Lying to appease Hamlet in the above lines. No where else in the play is Gertrude Portrayed as cunning or Janus-faced as is Claudius. Even though Hamlet lashes out at her With ... ... middle of paper ... ...tise is laying slayed on the ground after the fight, he admits to Hamlet the plot to poison him if he won the fight, and after seeing his mother leaning dead across her chair Hamlet sticks the sword into the kings middle and kills him dead. The king falls to the ground dead while trying to reach for his crown that has fallen off of his head.