Gertrude's Adverse To Truth

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The fact that Gertrude is adverse to truth is not an argument. She lies to herself about the consequences of her actions, and she lies to those around her about the impact of her dishonesties. But it is important to understand that she lies to protect. She does not create elaborate fabrications with ill intent; she tells only small, white lies in order to keep herself and those close to her safe. She is forced to tell the King that Hamlet slayed Polonius, but nonetheless, she does what she can to help her son. She tells Claudius that Hamlet "weeps for what is done" when it is quite obvious he does not. On the surface, it could be difficult to comprehend why Hamlet, his father, and Claudius all had such a deep devoutness to Gertrude. But the

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