To be respectable a person must have some importance in society elicited by certain abilities or achievements. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Gertrude is the Queen of Denmark and the mother of Hamlet. Even though she holds a high position in hierarchy; she falls pathetically into the hands of her new husband Claudius. She acquiesces all of his plans and cowardly allows him to take control. Gertrude is deemed contempt as she portrays qualities of being a cheater, cowardly, and deceitful. Gertrude’s character is very complicated but is overall defined by her selfish aspiration of affection and cunningly using men for self preservation.
Gertrude is uncertain with herself therefore causing her to become inconsiderate to others while focusing on external pleasures. The Ghost reveals to Hamlet that adultery and murder has taken place which demands revenge. He proclaims: 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. (1.5.42-46)
It is proven that Gertrude was cheating with Claudius even before her husband was dead. The Ghost explains that Gertrude is a shallow character and appears very disloyal. Her actions are seen in a repulsive nature even if she had not committed adultery. The ghost also refers to the marriage vow he made: I am thy father’s spirit,
Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confin’d to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purg’d away. But that I am forbid. (1.5.9-13) It shows that while King Hamlet was alive he did everything in his power to be a good husband to Gertrude. Therefore it was simply her behavior and intentions that were impure. Gertrude’s immorality causes her to be untrustworthy and unfaithful.
Gertrude is unnecessarily reliant on men throughout the play. She is a part of her husbands...
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