True Love In Hamlet Essay

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“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” (1.4.89) Marcellus so wisely stated not knowing the precision behind his words. Various dialogue exchanged throughout the play discretely summarized events that took place. Horatio proved this point when he stated “Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, of deaths put on by cunning and [forc’d] cause, and in this upshot, purposes mistook fall’n on th’ inventors’ heads.” (5.2.381-5)

These quotes could easily relate to numerous events that took place during the course of the play, however, none of them are more interesting then the question of true love. The words true love do not encompass Hamlet and Ophelia; but, Gertrude and Claudius.

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None wed the second but who kill’d the first.” (3.2.179-80) Another prime example would be when she stated; “A second time I kill my husband dead, when second husband kisses me in bed.” (3.2.184-5) Hamlet soon after turned to his mother and asked “Madam, how like you this play?” (3.2.229) “The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” (3.2.230) the queen replied implying that she thought the player queen made empty promises. Had the Gertrude known about Claudius’ plans to murder old Hamlet, surely she would have acknowledged what the play was about and she would have acted out the way Claudius did when he called for the lights after he finally realized what was going on. Also, after the play, Hamlet had a conference with his mother, during their talk, Hamlet learned that someone was hiding behind the arras, he killed this person and moments later discovered it was Polonius. In an exchange of words between Hamlet and Gertrude, we see that Gertrude is shocked at the mention of old Hamlet’s murder:
Queen: O, what a rash and bloody deed is this!
Hamlet: A bloody deed! Almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king, and marry with his brother.
Queen: As kill a king!
Hamlet: Ay, lady, it was my word.

Gertrude portrays a superficial, self-centered woman. On many occasions Gertrude substantiates this point. She tends to be concerned with other people’s thoughts of her and how she is viewed

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