Gertrude Character Analysis Essay

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Gertrude in my opinion is actually a very strong character. She was able to dissemble herself so could be deceptive and very calculative if you look at her and in the end she started to make her own plays. For such a quite character she had some drastic effects in the play. If you look at her she is for the most of the time a pawn in this story but in the end like in chess once a pawn reaches the other side it can become a queen and be quite devastating to the opponent. In the end she does own up to her crimes which few ever do. Gertrude reacts as rather rationally she doesn’t care too much about King Hamlets death but she seizes the moment and uses it gain more power or at least maintain her current power. Her constantly using men to maintain her power is proof she is strong character is her ability to use them for her own personal gain.
Gertrude only advice to Hamlet was “O my dear Hamlet! The drink, the drink! I am poisoned" (5.2.289). She is telling Hamlet that she was poisoned by Claudius. With this she is letting hamlet know who the murder is. She may have given hamlet very little advice but she tried some times to be a good mother when she tries to build hamlets personality and …show more content…

Claudius says "Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern (2.2.32), then the Queen says the exact same thing, "Thanks Guildenstern and Gentle Rosencrantz,"(2.2.33). With this she really does seem like a mindless puppet that can’t think for itself. “O Hamlet, speak no more! Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct.”(3.4.88-91) Heilburn talks about this specific quote saying that the queen admits she sinned and it was lust. With this quote she is kind of being forced to look at her own self and no longer able to see the green pastures she likes to surround her self

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