How Does Let Thine Present Gertrude's Relationship In Hamlet

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Hamlet has no restraints when it comes to voicing his feelings towards his mother. He resents her for marrying Claudius so soon, and he suspects her involvement in King Hamlet’s death. Gertrude, however, is a seemingly caring mother who wishes nothing but happiness for her only son. Hamlet’s anger towards his mother is directly related to Gertrude’s actions, but appears to love her as a son should love his mother.
To look at the relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude, we must first address their personalities individually. Before the death of his father, Hamlet appears to be a scholar or even a philosopher because of his studies at Wittenberg and his deep and riveting soliloquies later on in the play. After the news of his father’s death,
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In her first lines she says, “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off,/And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark./...Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die,/ Passing through nature to eternity.” (Shakespeare, I.ii.70-75) Here Gertrude is concerned for Hamlet’s emotional state and tries to comfort him and bring him out of his two month mourning. Gertrude even asks that Hamlet stay with her in Denmark and not return to Wittenberg. “Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet./ I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg.” (Shakespeare, I.ii.121-122) While some might speculate that her reasoning is to conspire with Claudius, her true nature is to have Hamlet close to her so she can comfort him during this hard time (Unknown, unknown). One could even argue “Instead of marrying Claudius because of her lack of self-control, I would argue that Gertrude is in fact protecting her son by marrying the man who killed her husband, the King of Denmark.” (Graf, 2013) Gertrude once again shows her concern for Hamlet’s sadness by hoping Ophelia could return him to his wonted way again. She even goes as far as to invite his old friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to the castle. This acts shows the reader that Gertrude is trying to cheer Hamlet up and solace him. At the play we see Gertrude reachout once again to Hamlet, asking that he sit beside her, to which he rejects. In the closet scene she acknowledges her…show more content…
Hamlet chose to avenge his father, while Gertrude sought comfort in other places. All though Hamlet took his anger and grief out on her, it is Gertrude's underlying inclination for goodness that redeemed her. Gertrude remained loyal to her son until the end, taking the secret he entrusted to her literally to the
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