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Throughout Hamlet, many characters develop showing their change of mind and emotions. Gertrude, the Queen of Denmark and Hamlet's mother, is an exception. Throughout the entire play she thinks only of herself. Even when she tries to think of or help others, her final decision revolves around her life and how the situation will affect her. Gertrude's selfishness is displayed in her marriage to Claudius, her forcing Hamlet to accept Claudius as his father, and her betrayal of Hamlet to Claudius after Hamlet sees his father's ghost. Gertrude is continuously selfish throughout the play but, her selfishness began with her marriage to Claudius "but two months dead"(I,ii,138), of her former husband King Hamlet. Because of Hamlet's reaction to his mother's quick marriage, it is obvious that Gertrude had not thought of his feelings but only of her own. He mentions often that Gertrude "married with my uncle,/ My father's brother," (I,ii,151-153) "Within a month,/ Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears/ Had left the flushing in her galled eye,/ She married," (I,ii,154-157). Her action hurt Hamlet deeply and more than any other character in the play. Each instance that Hamlet and Gertrude speak, Hamlet arouses the situation of Gertrude's hasty marriage. It emphasizes her selfishness to both her and Hamlet's lives. When speaking to Hamlet, curious to know if he has gone mad, Hamlet yells "Mother, you have my father much offended," (III,iv,11). Again, he brings up her marriage which shows his agony to the situation. Gertrude's selfish actions not only affect her life, but the lives of others as well. Because of Hamlet's loss of his father, Gertrude tries to force Hamlet to accept Claudius as a replacement father figure. Hamlet refuses which causes a barrier between him and his mother. Her forceful actions also cause dramatic meetings with Hamlet and other characters. When speaking with Hamlet, Gertrude says "Hamlet, thou has thy father much offended," (III,iv,10). When...
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