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2013 Hamlet Perhaps one of the most ambiguous characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the queen, Gertrude. She is Hamlet’s mother and the wife of her dead husband’s brother, King Claudius. As the reader, we only see her briefly, but she still manages to be a central figure in Hamlet playing the role of the elusive and sometimes shallow queen. There are several questions surround the life of Queen Gertrude, starting with even before the play, having to do with the death of her husband, Hamlet’s father...

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Hamlet and Gertrude: Love or Hate

Hamlet and Gertrude: Love or Hate Imagine it, while away at college you receive word that your beloved father who had seemed in good health only a short while ago has died leaving your mother and yourself. This situation would be enough to bring great depression to even the strongest of souls but for Hamlet, the fictional prince of Denmark in Shakespeare's play of the same name, this is not his imagination but cruel reality. Not only has his father passed but, as if to mock the very memory...

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Gertrude from Hamlet

uncle over you? Gertrude puts away all her motherly instincts to improve her relationship with Claudius. She also needs Claudius as a supporter otherwise; the kingdom would most likely fall apart. If Gertrude knew about the plan to kill her son Hamlet, she would have ruined it. It is shown throughout the story how weak and evil Gertrude really is. She is no mother to Hamlet, she is just someone who she gives orders to. Prince Hamlet appears in the play dressed in all black. Gertrude disturbed by this...

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Interpretation of Gertrude in Hamlet

The character of Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, posted a lot of problems in the interpretation for readers, critics and artists and was often considered a symbol of the harlot, the object of Oedipus complex in Hamlet, is an example of women's subservience to man (Hamlet and Claudius). Rebecca Smith in his essay "A Heart Cleft in Twian, Gertrude frees the usual stereotypes of adultery calculated that it offers a traditional interpretation of the assumption that only such a woman can arouse strong and...

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The Relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude

uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Hamlet’s mother. In this play, Gertrude is Hamlet's mother and Queen of Denmark. Her relationship with Hamlet is somewhat turbulent, since he resents her for marrying her husband's brother Claudius after he murdered the King (young Hamlet's father, King Hamlet). Gertrude is first seen in Act 1 Scene 2 as she tries to comfort Hamlet about the death of his father, begging him to stay at home rather than...

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The Single Persona of Ophelia and Gertrude

November 2013 The Single Persona of Ophelia and Gertrude According to Shakespeare, Elsinore did not require more than two women, let alone two unique women. On a larger scale, the society in which Shakespeare wrote agreed that most women were indistinguishable: women in general did not hold positions of prominence and did not demand recognition. In all of Shakespeare’s plays, a meager 126 female characters develop; of these, Ophelia and Gertrude play minor roles in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, having...

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Hamlet's Treatment of Ophelia and Gertrude

Hamlet's Treatment of Ophelia and Gertrude Modern folklore suggests women look at a man's relationship with his mother to predict how they will treat other women in their life. Hamlet is a good example of a son's treatment of his mother reflecting how he will treat the woman he loves because when considering Hamlet's attitude and treatment of the Ophelia in William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, one must first consider how Hamlet treated his mother. A characteristic of Hamlet's personality...

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Gertrude the Mother of Evil

One of the most important characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet would be the mother of Hamlet himself, Gertrude. Queen Gertrude played a devious and shameful role, which left many questioning her dignity throughout the play. She led a life of wealth and royalty, but could not find happiness in either. Gertrude had to put a twist on her life by quickly abandoning the man she one loved, King Hamlet, for his soulless brother, Claudius. In order to completely understand Gertrude's mystery and you must put...

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Isolation: a Comparative Essay. Hamlet and Gertrude

father, and his duties to the monarchy and his peers. Gertrude suffers the same identity questions through her isolation and also that of her sons. The isolation they experience not only is caused by some sort of tragic event, but also provokes many dilemmas in their lives that they both have to work through, but it also results in a lot of trouble, and heartbreak for more than just themselves. For people who are royalty such as Hamlet and Gertrude, it seems as though it would be difficult to be isolated...

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Gertrude Solely Responsible for the Tragic Outcomes of the Play?

presents Gertrude as being solely responsible for the tragic outcomes of the play? Gertrude’s egocentricity assists the tragic outcomes of the play largely. Tragedy can be defined as a disastrous event, especially one involving distressing loss or injury to life. Tragedy is the main theme recurring throughout ‘Hamlet’, where controversially women who are known to be subjective and objectified through history take control and may be seen to be blamed for the blood shed in the play. Gertrude rebels...

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