Queen Gertrude

Topics: Hamlet, Marriage, Characters in Hamlet Pages: 1 (313 words) Published: May 3, 2013
Queen Gertrude, the queen of Denmark, is a loyal and compassionate person. She is also very naïve. Gertrude was the wife of King Hamlet and when he passed away she married his brother, Claudius, two months later. She had one son with King Hamlet and his name was Hamlet.

Gertrude is a compassionate mother who cares a lot about her son, Hamlet. She shows that, by wanting him to stay in Denmark. He was going to go back to college in Wittenberg but she managed to convince him otherwise. Also, she shows compassion when she thinks Hamlet is crazy. After he killed Polonius, he started speaking with the ghost of his father. Hamlet said, “Save me and hover o’er me with your wings, you heavenly guards! - - what would your gracious figure?” (Hamlet.3iiii.105, 106). Gertrude did not share the information about the ghost with Claudius because this would have made him think Hamlet completely went off the deep end. She is naïve in many ways. She does not realize that Claudius, her second husband, killed her first husband, King Hamlet. There was a point right after Polonius death, that Hamlet said, “A bloody dead? Almost has bad, good mother, as kill a king and marry with his brother” (Hamlet.3iiii.29-30). Gertrude replies with, “As kill a king?” (Hamlet.3iiii.31). She is also naïve because she was not aware that Claudius is plotting to kill her son Hamlet. Queen Gertrude is an audacious woman. One example of this is when she married her dead husbands’ brother two months after his death. Also, she picked up a wine glass that had poison in it, that was meant for Hamlet to drink and Claudius yelled, “Gertrude, do not drink” (Hamlet 5.ii286). She replies with, “I will, my lord. I pray you, pardon me” (Hamlet 5.ii287). She died shortly after.
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