The Hamlet Project - Gertrude

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In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother and Queen of

Denmark. Hamlet and Queen Gertrude have a rocky relationship throughout the story.,

since he resents her for marrying her husband’s brother Claudius after he murdered the

King (young Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet).

Gertrude reveals no guilt in her marriage with Claudius. The

immediacy of her second marriage suggest that there may be some question as to whether

or not she was involved in the murder. Her actions are often suspect, particularly

because, according to Hamlet, she scarcely mourned her husband’s death before marrying

Claudius. Gertrude is, more so than any other character in the play, the antithesis of her

Son, Hamlet. Hamlet is a scholar and a philosopher, searching for life’s most elusive

Answers. He cares nothing for his “mortal coil” and the vices to which man has become

Slave. Gertrude is shallow, and thinks only about her body and external pleasures. Like

A child she longs to be delighted. We do not see much of her in daily activity, but if we

Could we would see a women enraptured by trinkets and fine clothes, soft pillows and

Warm baths. Gertrude is also a very sexual being, and it is her sexuality that turns

Hamlet so violently against her. 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

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...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. It is all over for Hamlet. Hamlet falls back and says “Wretched queen, adieu.”

Now it is done, King Hamlet has been poisoned. The kings jester has been

murdered by sword. The jester’s beloved daughter Ophelia has drowned. The jester’s

son has been killed by sword while seeking revenge. The King Claudius has been slayed

by swored and finally Hamlet’s mother was accidently poisoned. Only Hamlet is left to

live on the sick world in which was created for him by his mother, Queen Gertrude.
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