Gertrude from Hamlet

Topics: Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude, Hamlet Pages: 2 (823 words) Published: January 1, 2013
How would you feel if your mother chose your murderous uncle over you? Gertrude puts away all her motherly instincts to improve her relationship with Claudius. She also needs Claudius as a supporter otherwise; the kingdom would most likely fall apart. If Gertrude knew about the plan to kill her son Hamlet, she would have ruined it. It is shown throughout the story how weak and evil Gertrude really is. She is no mother to Hamlet, she is just someone who she gives orders to. Prince Hamlet appears in the play dressed in all black. Gertrude disturbed by this look and requests him to do the following “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy vailed lids seek for thy noble father in the dust: thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.” Gertrude obviously considers her son’s dejection to result from his father’s demise. She joins in with Claudius in requesting Hamlet’s stay in Elsinore rather than returning to Wittenberg to study. Respectfully the son replies, “I shall in all my best obey you, madam.” Right then the audience notes a good relationship between Gertrude and those about her in the play, even though Hamlet’s “suit of mourning has been a visible and public protest against the royal marriage, a protest in which he is completely alone, and in which he has hurt his mother”. Hamlet’s first soliloquy expresses his anger at the quickness of his mother’s marriage to Claudius, and the act of incest committed since it is between family: “Frailty, thy name is woman!” When the ghost talks privately to Hamlet, he learns not only about the murder of his father, but also about the unfaithfulness and adultery of his mother. Gertrude was seduced by “that incestuous, that adulterate beast, with witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts” – Claudius himself – prior to his brother’s passing. “So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd, will sate itself in a...
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