In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Queen, Gertrude, disapproves of her son, Hamlet’s, behavior. She tries to encourage him to love and accept his new King and step-father, Claudius as much as she does. Resolving this conflict demonstrates that overcoming a conflict can bring a mother and son closer together than ever before. After the death of her husband, Gertrude immediately remarries to his brother, Claudius. As one can imagine, this made Hamlet very upset that his own mother could get over her husband’s death and remarry all in the span of just two months. Gertrude defends her quick remarriage by stating, “Do not for ever with thy vailed lids / Seek for thy noble father in the dust” (1.2.74-75). Gertrude is explaining to Hamlet that two months is plenty of time to mourn and be at peace with his father’s death. Claudius goes on to say, “But to persever / In obstinate condolement is a course / Of impious stubbornness. ‘Tis unmanly grief” (1.2.98-100). Claudius is reinforcing Gertrude’s explanation by insulting Hamlet and calling him childish. This only enforces Hamlet’s hate for Claudius. Gertrude tries to console Hamlet by saying, “Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet: / I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg” (1.2.124-125). This shows that Gertrude wants Hamlet to stay and understand her reasoning. By saying that she prays, Gertrude shows Hamlet that she really does care about him. Later when Gertrude attends Hamlet’s play, she says, “Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me” (3.2.109). By asking Hamlet to sit next to her, Gertrude is showing that she wants to bond with Hamlet. But because Hamlet doesn’t, it is hard for Gertrude to be able to express her feelings and thoughts on the situation. Later on, in the major scene between Gertrude and Hamlet in the royal bedroom, Gertrude tries to present her troubles with Hamlet’s behavior lately. Gertrude tells Hamlet, “thou hast thy father much offended” (3.4.10). In response to Hamlet’s sassy...
Cited: Shakespeare, William. Folger Library Shakespeare: Hamlet. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1958. Print.
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