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    untrustworthy. Hamlet goes on to explain the unreasonable timing of his mother’s marriage, stating how an animal would have mourned the loss of its mate longer than Hamlet’s mother did. To Hamlet, Gertrude has sullied his father’s memory by remarrying so quickly and with seemingly no regret. Hamlet also denounces Gertrude and Claudius’ marriage by noting the incest between the two, exclaiming “O most wicked speed, to post/ With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” (Shakespeare, I. ii. 161-162) Hamlet blames

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    ..few that oppose it which means it may not have been as wretched as Hamlet made it seem in his ranting. Finally, Claudius separates his personal life and his profession duties and does not let one interfere with the other. When he first marries Gertrude he says to Hamlet that “no less nobility of love / Than that which dearest father bears his son / Do I impart toward you” (1.2.110-112). He has full intention of loving Hamlet and raising him as his own son. As a result he wishes Hamlet to stay in

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    and vile, usurper. Many readers and critics of the play do not dispute this perception, especially after reading how Claudius became the King of Denmark; He steals the throne by poisoning his brother, the previous king, and quickly marrying Queen Gertrude his widowed sister in law (1.5.42, 60-74). The general reading of Claudius’s character paints him to be a corrupt, cowardly politician, in addition to being Hamlet’s (the protagonist) foe. This portrait engages first-time readers to judge Claudius

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    Tragedy of Commons

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    and this limits her to doing things that she thinks are right. She believes that Hamlet is the right man for her and is set on marrying him but she ... ... middle of paper ... ... sort of knew that she was eventually going to die. So through Gertrude tragic death it is evident that tragedy can occur to anyone and that the tragic hero does not always have to be the king as is shown by Arthur Miller's views as well. This shows that everyone has a tragic flaw no matter their status in society.

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    Sexuality and Aggression in Hamlet

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    that men fear. Adelman's case for the collapse of boundaries is her strength and weakness. Extensive textual evidence supports her claim for the melding of the men, but her choice to ignore the women's differentiation is a critical error. Gertrude and Ophelia define themselves through sexuality, memory retention and communication, existing as two individual beings separate from the collapsing masculine world. Adelman continues to argue that the power of women's sexuality contaminates all life

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    Hamlet

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    only two main female characters. Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, is one of them and thus conveys the essential message that the author wants to convey about women, weakness. Queen Gertrude starts the play as a very innocent and naïve character since she is marrying the murder of his ex-husband. This event, might give the impression of Gertrude as an opportunistic person who is marrying the next King as to keep herself secure at the crown of Denmark; however, Gertrude actions as a widow queen are driven

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    characters who are aware of what happened to old King Hamlet. In comparison, unawareness can be seen in characters such as Ophelia, Gertrude, and most other characters because they are unaware

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    thoughts on women. He believes that the only thing women want is, not love, but sexual interaction. There are many things that cause his behavior: his mother 's marriage, Ophelia rejecting him, and his father’s murder. Although Hamlet loved Ophelia and Gertrude before his fathers died, the way Hamlet behaves towards them afterwards shows that the circumstances impacted negatively on his view of women. After his father’s death, Hamlet’s thoughts on everything changed. He thought that life was punishing

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    Horatio with Edgar and Hamlet, respectively, reveal the theme of love and duty as they are both portrayed as the loyal friends of the protagonists, especially in times of need. The dilemma of love and duty is also revealed in the mothers, Trudy and Gertrude, as they become vulnerable to their need for the “love” of another man and when it comes to protecting their own sons before

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    Hamlet Spying Analysis

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    was attempting to discover the source for Hamlet’s madness. Hamlet’s anger resulting from these secretive acts advances the plot and the theme of revenge. The second situation in the play was Polonius listening in on Hamlet’s conversation with Gertrude in her chamber. He was killed as a result of his behavior, but his actions had everlasting effects, propelling

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    Hamlet Delay In Hamlet

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    Throughout the play, Hamlet, the lead character, Hamlet, continually delays avenging his father’s murder for unclear reasons. Many different scholars have offered explanations for the delay in action, from the ludicrous idea of Hamlet being a woman to the more serious explanation of Hamlet questioning whether the ghost is from heaven or hell. Above all I believe that Hamlet waits to enact his revenge because he has incestious feelings toward his mother. At one point during the lecture, Johnson introduces

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    let him know of his whereabouts. Ophelia tells her father Polonius about her encounter with Hamlet and tells her to keep away from him and suggests that his reasoning for his mood might be lovesickness. Scene 2 King of Denmark Claudius and Queen Gertrude call upon Hamlet´s friends old friends from school (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern), and ask them to spy on Hamlet and report with what he is up to. The Queen says tells the 2 that they will be paid very well to spy on him and that its for his own

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    mistakes. The adults at the forefront of the play are Claudius, Hamlet?s uncle/stepfather; Gertrude, his mother and Claudius? new wife; and Polonius, counsel to the King and father of Ophelia and Laertes. Claudius is smug at the onset of the play because he appears to have gotten away with killing King Hamlet, Gertrude?s late husband and Hamlet?s father, in order to ascertain the King?s title and woo Gertrude. He has committed selfish and murderous acts that, in the belief of the time, would damn

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    argues with his mother, Gertrude. He belittles her, and insults her “incestuous” relationship with Claudius. Hamlet accuses his mother of helping Claudius kill his father. Hamlet even tells his mother that “(would it were not so) you are my mother” (3.4.21.). Basically, Hamlet tells his mother that he wishes that she wasn’t his mother. During this scene, Hamlet is actually contemplating whether or not he is to kill his mother. While Hamlet has no concrete proof that Gertrude actually had any place

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    establish this adequately are, Hamlet to make everyone believe he is going insane to successfully complete his plan of killing the king, Claudius making all of Denmark see him as someone who is caring and well intentioned but is a cold murderer, and Gertrude who makes the town’s people see her as a woman who enjoys her life and is happy, but in reality is living the opposite life. All characters listed illustrate the theme appearance

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    Family Betrayal In Hamlet

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    Laertes but is stabbed and poisoned fatally in the third round” (Shakespeare Summaries). Also with this it states that, “. . . Queen Gertrude drinks a poisoned cup meant for Hamlet, dying but not before telling all that she has been poisoned” (Shakespeare Summaries). The poison over all was for Hamlet, but got to everyone else and then he died last. Queen Gertrude died by drinking from the cup that Hamlet was suppose to drink from, Laertes dies by a stabbed wound by Hamlet that had poison on it,

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    “In some respects we can know fictional characters even better than we know people.” The author of Literature, Structure, Sound, and Sense makes an important point about fictional characters. An author can “make” or “break” a story by how they portray the characters as well as how relatable they are. An author can also make a story interesting by using different types of characters, as well as following the three principles of a good character. Shakespeare uses these concepts in Hamlet to brilliantly

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    Trust is defined as the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability or surety of a person or thing. To break ones trust is to lose their confidence in the person or thing. Trust can be broken with a single, unreliable action and is often challenging and difficult to win back. In the case of the one whose trust was broken, it is a difficult, jarring and abrupt change of reality to discover the betrayal and loss of trust in someone who they once relied upon . In William Shakespeare 's play entitled

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    Incest and Sexism

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    affinity wherein marriage is legally forbidden”. After reading Hamlet we had the opportunity to follow the central character, Hamlet, who was the Prince of Denmark. Throughout the novel other various characters were introduced such as Polonius, Laertes, Gertrude, and Ophelia. Polonius is the father of Laertes and Ophelia. His contribution to the ideology of sexism and incest is not as direct as the other characters but it is just as significant. His daughter, Ophelia, is deeply in love with the title character

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    Denmark, “insanity” is exposed by the main character, Hamlet. Although it is depicted, Hamlet’s intelligence allows him to mask his true sanity. Prince Hamlet falls into a state of emotional turmoil due to his father’s death and his lost love for Gertrude and Ophelia, but he is never insane. To avoid separation from his family and friends, Hamlet appears to waver between sanity and madness. He also plans on revenging his father’s death under the guise of madness. Hamlet feigns insanity, and he does

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