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Gertrude’s Absurdity
            In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there are many problems with many characters. Gertrude, mother of the main character Hamlet, appears every so often and makes a certain decision that puts her to her death such as, being a good and bad mother, her sexuality going from one man to another, and being comparable to Ophelia of their affection towards Hamlet. Because Gertrude makes these failing decisions, she brings herself to her death.

“… Together with remembrance of ourselves. Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen, The imperial jointress to this warlike state, Have we (as ‘twere with a defeated joy, with an auspicious and dropping eye, with mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing in delight and dole)… “(Shakespeare 11). Claudius announces to the townspeople of Denmark that his former sister-in-law is now their queen again and that they are married. Claudius goes on to say that they have a smile in one eye and the other is filled with tears because of their glee of marrying and being in the depressed state of grieving for their lost loved one. While Claudius says these things, Gertrude stands behind him. She shows no grief for her dead husband. With having the wedding no longer than two months after the death of her belated husband, Gertrude must have not loved King Hamlet.

“Ay, that incestuous that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts- O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust the will of my most seeming-virtuous queen” (Shakespeare 32). The ghost is implying to Hamlet that his mother is very sexual. The ghost is saying that Claudius got to Gertrude but not before his own death. One can assume that Gertrude could have been an adulteress but Shakespeare writes no proof that Gertrude in fact did have an affair. If Gertrude did have the affair, she would have most certainly have known about Claudius’s plan of murdering her...
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