Essay on The Hamlet Project - Gertrude

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In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother and Queen of

Denmark. Hamlet and Queen Gertrude have a rocky relationship throughout the story.,

since he resents her for marrying her husband’s brother Claudius after he murdered the

King (young Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet).

Gertrude reveals no guilt in her marriage with Claudius. The

immediacy of her second marriage suggest that there may be some question as to whether

or not she was involved in the murder. Her actions are often suspect, particularly

because, according to Hamlet, she scarcely mourned her husband’s death before marrying

Claudius. Gertrude is, more so than any other character in the play, the antithesis of her
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We see she has potential for great love -- she

Wants to protect Claudius from the mob, and she cares deeply about Ophelia & Polonius. She is also concerned for Hamlet in the duel even though she has not idea that it is a trap.

It is Gertrude’s underlying propensity for goodness that redeems her. Her men forgive

Her for her shallow, sensual nature and her addictions to comfort and pleasure because

They see that she is innocent of premeditation. It is sad but fitting that Gertrude meet her

End drinking from the poisoned goblet, demanding that she taste what is in the pretty cup,

As trusting as a new-born babe.

Gertrude quickly appeared in the Hamlet play as being the first character to be

talked about. The first point that was brought up was how the King Hamlet had been

poisoned and how his surviving wife had remarried quickly to his brother Claudius. By

the sudden lose of his father and the sudden marriage of his mother to his uncle ate

Hamlet up with grief. In the play, Hamlet impression on his mother is pure remorse.

Hamlet quotes “Frailty, thy name is women!” Gertrude doesn’t seemed upset by the

murder of her husband, she is seems quite happy to be married with Claudius. Hamlet

doesn’t approve of their marriage, I suppose not only because it is sudden but also

the marriage is with his
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