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Hamlet And Gertrude 's Relationship

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Hamlet and Gertrude’s Relationship in Hamlet
In many of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, Shakespeare writes about the relationships maintained between his characters. Of these relationships, Shakespeare examines the connection between family members, particularly the relationship between parents and child. In Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet”, Shakespeare writes about the relationship between Hamlet and his mother, Queen Gertrude, to drive the plot forward.. Throughout much of the play, their relationship and interaction provides Hamlet with the core of his much anger and frustration. Consumed with the mistreatment of King Hamlet, Hamlet is enraged by the way Gertrude rejoices in her new marriage rather than mourning. Feeling as though Gertrude has forsaken his father by marrying Claudius merely two months after his death, Hamlet even speculates that his mother played a role in his father’s murder. Gertrude, a naturally innocent character oblivious to her own blunders, becomes desperate to discover the reason for Hamlet’s agitation. The combination of Hamlet’s resentment and vindictiveness along with Gertrude’s ceaseless espionage of Hamlet creates a strained relationship filled with distaste. However, during Hamlet’s confrontation of Gertrude in Act III Scene IV, Gertrude alters her views when she realizes the severity of her actions. This shift in perspective is evident in the final act of the play when Gertrude begins to openly ally herself with her son. Throughout “Hamlet”,
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