The Hamlet Project Gertrude Essay

2092 words - 8 pages

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

Son, Hamlet. Hamlet is a scholar and a philosopher, searching for life’s most elusive

Answers. He cares nothing for his “mortal coil” and the vices to which man has become

Slave. Gertrude is shallow, and thinks only about her body and external pleasures. Like

A child she longs to be delighted. We do not see much of her in daily activity, but if we

Could we would see a women enraptured by trinkets and fine clothes, soft pillows and

Warm baths. Gertrude is also a very sexual being, and it is her sexuality that turns

Hamlet so violently against her. The Ghost gives Hamlet, who is already disgusted with

his mother for marrying his uncle such a short time after his father’s death, even more

disturbing information about the Queen. There is not reason to believe that Gertrude is

Lying to appease Hamlet in the above lines. No where else in the play is Gertrude

Portrayed as cunning or Janus-faced as is Claudius. Even though Hamlet lashes out at her

With all the rage he can muster, Gertrude remains faithful to him, protecting him from

The new King, and although her love for Claudius is wrong by moral standards, she is

Now his queen, and remains loyal to him. 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. ...

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