An Analysis of Queen Gertrudes Position in King Hamlets Death in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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An Analysis of Queen Gertrudes Position in King Hamlets Death in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Usually in a playwright, one of the author's objectives is to keep the viewer or reader confused or disconcerted about certain events in the plot. Certain characters in a play or story that have concocted covert schemes to perhaps murder or frame somebody, may have confusing effects on the viewer. Depending on the way the plan was developed in the plot the viewer may have to stop and ask themselves; who was involved; who was killed or framed; what events actually transpired; and what events happened after the murder. The viewer/reader is always trying to understand the events that have just recently taken place, or events that will take …show more content…
King Hamlet's death was a prearranged plot against Hamlet by Hamlet's own brother Claudius. Claudius contrives a way to kill Hamlet while he is in torpor in his own garden. Claudius would then clandestinely pour poison in the King's ear, killing him instantly. Claudius now aggrandizing his greatness rises to power as the new king. The people of Denmark oblivious to the treason of the estate now blindly follow the new king, Claudius. However one night in Denmark, the ghost of Hamlet appears to talk to his son, prince Hamlet to warn him of the treason that is at hand. However, in the ghost's description of his murder was there no mention that the Queen had any part of it. The ghost had only instructed that Hamlet avenges his father's murder by killing Claudius, and he leaves Gertrude to heaven. Now furious and aware of what he is dealing with, Hamlet is determined to get revenge for his father. Queen Gertrude does not claim to be unaware of the murder she is just assumed to be unaware to the murder. The reader/viewer's first inclination the she is not a part of the plot is when the ghost appears at night and speaks to Hamlet. The apparition discusses with Hamlet the distress he is in and how his own brother murdered him. "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder…but howsomever thou pursues this act, taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against
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