Hamlet’s disgust with women’s lustful behavior originates from his mother’s choices and sadly gives way to the idea that all women are lustful and cannot control their sexual desires. Gertrude, though similar to Ophelia in some ways, is an extremely complex character. Losing her husband meant losing male affection and love, an aspect the queen longs for. Quite possibly the queen could have been having an affair with Claudius before King Hamlet was killed, however, there is no question as to the motives behind Gertrude’s desperate behavior. Her actions seem to be based from her sole desperation to be loved and therefore she quickly becomes submissive to Claudius as he provides the attention she needs. (quote). Oblivion blinded these two poor women from the corruption that was occurring all around them. Not only were Ophelia and Gertrude being manipulated and used for the advantages of others, but they were slowly fading into a dark place which ultimately was fatal for both of
Gertrude may be the most mysterious character in the whole play of Hamlet. She never comes right out and says what she is thinking or what she actually means? When reading Hamlet, so many questions are spinning through your head. Did she help with or support the murder of the late king? Does she actually care about or love Claudius? Can we trust this tricky queen? While we don’t have any clear answers to these questions, we can make our own s and choose the answers for ourselves. I believe that Gertrude is a sneaky and self-centered Queen who will do whatever it takes to keep herself happy and powerful.When the play opens, Gertrude is already Married to her Brother-in-law, Claudius. We are not giving any details about the wedding our how their
The treatment of Gertrude was not justified. Hamlet had no reason to treat Gertrude like she did something wrong. Gertrude is not the one who killed Hamlet’s father. The ghost of Hamlet’s father says “Against thy mother aught: leave her to heaven” (doc. A). That means “don’t do any harm to your mother. Leave her to God and her own guilt.” Hamlet then had no reason to treat Gertrude badly. He was very rough with her. Hamlet killed Polonius right in front of Gertrude, thinking he was Claudius. (doc. C). That must have been terrifying for Gertrude; she did not deserve to witness that. Hamlet had no point to treat her in the way that he did. Hamlet was angry with his mother because she married his uncle; yet his uncle killed his father. Hamlet shouldn’t have thrown a fit for that reason. He should’ve been telling his mother
Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother and the Queen of Denmark. When King Hamlet is murdered by Claudius, she didn 't seem to daunt her and shortly thereafter got married to Hamlet 's Uncle Claudius. This gives a suspense in this point of the play because it makes the audience think about if Gertrude had anything to do with the murder of her husband or if she helped plan the murder with Claudius. When Gertrude married the person that killed her husband, Hamlet takes it personal and she basically loses her son because he 's so upset with her. Gertrude tells Hamlet to stop grieving over his father 's death because it normal, but when you think about it, it 's not normal. “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy vailèd lids / Seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know 'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, / Passing through nature to eternity” (1.2.70-75). Making this comment to Hamlet shows the mysteriousness in the death of King Hamlet. Gertrude also believes her son is insane because he murdered Polonius right in front of her eyes. This puts a huge burden on the mother because no mother wants to see
In the Tragedy of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, some of the most significant events are mental or psychological events that make the audience feel and have an emotional connection with the characters. These significant events can be awakenings, discoveries, and changes in consciousness that set off a mental or psychological effect to the readers. The author, Shakespeare, gives these internal events to characters such as Ophelia, Gertrude, and Hamlet throughout the play to give the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax usually associated with external action.
In act 3, scene 4 , Hamlet putdown his mother Gertrude for her sexual behavior “ Rank sweat of an enseamed bed”. At this moment, king Hamlet’s sprit (the super ego) appears to prevent the desire from being realized. King Hamlet remarks to the Hamlet, this revealing his guilt conscience of both his desire and delay:
Hamlet is not justified by treating Gertrude the way he did. Gertrude said that Hamlet has offended his new stepfather by the play that he put on (to find out if Claudius actually did kill the king). After Hamlet hears that his mother is not proud by the way he has been acting Hamlet just goes off on her. Hamlet then says that his mother has offended his real father (King Hamlet) and completely intimidates her. Then Hamlet accuses Gertrude of lustfulness and his mother starts crying and begs him to go.
First, I do not think hamlets acts were justified because of the treatment Gertrude had. According to Doc A: The ghost says not to blame her and get revenge on his uncle but hamlet did blame her and she already remarried after just 1 month of being with the new king Claudius. According to Doc C: Hamlet was speaking in a very harsh way to Gertrude and she said “say no more these are like daggers in my heart”. Then Hamlet (thinking it was the king) stabs Polonius through the curtain. Then the ghost comes back and reminds hamlet that it is not Gertrude to blame. Because of his actions at the end Gertrude drinks a poisoned glass that was meant for hamlet and dies.
Hamlet believes that Gertrude's quick marriage to his uncle was a sign of her weakness because it shows she could not stand to be alone, “A little month, or ere those shoes were old With which she followed my poor father's body Like Niobe, all tears-why she, even she O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason Would have mourned longer!, married with my uncle” (1.2.151-157). Here, Hamlet is clearly angry that his mother's emotions were so weak, wondering how she could quickly marry her husband's brother after burying her husband. It goes without saying Gertrude clearly can't be by herself and constantly needs a man in her life to fulfill that emptiness inside her. all throughout the play, she is questioned for being immortal due to the quickness of her marriage; it seems as though she has no sympathy towards the death of her husband and could not wait to jump into another marriage with Claudius. Hamlet realizes this and says "O, most wicked speed, to post/ with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!" (1.2.161-132). Hamlet has a problem with his mother's sexuality. It's not that he's disgusted by Gertrude's marriage to Claudius, but the fact that he can't stand to think she is having sex. Although it is quite clear that Gertrude is weak and reliant on Claudius to make her happy, she does not realize how much it has affected Hamlet. He does not only lose respect for his mother and his uncle, but begins to doubt his mother's prior love for his father. Overall, Gertrude demonstrates similar weakness traits to Ophelia by letting the men who surround her have a huge impact on the way the she
Shakespeare spreads Claudius’ depiction by questioning “Laertes was your father dear to you?” (IV, vii, 104) this expresses his enthusiasm to deploy other individuals and falsify the relationship between Laertes and his deceased father. The resulting incrimination “Or are you like the painting of a sorrow, A face without a heart?”(IV. vii. 105) to be precise, the symbol of “like the painting of a sorrow”, proves how far Claudius will go to encourage Laertes into pursuing revenge, so he could lay waste to Hamlet. Further proof of his desire for the throne and the fact that it prevails the love he has for Gertrude is found in the last scene of the play. Before Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine which was meant for Hamlet, Claudius does say, "Gertrude, do not drink."(V, ii, 286) But he never states that the wine is poisoned before she drinks it and does nothing otherwise to stop her from drinking it. Rather than expose what horrific deed he was going to commit, he was prepared to let the supposed love of his life pass away. This is witnessed by people who are present during Laertes and Hamlets duel, this eventually gives Hamlet a reason to get revenge for his father and his
Although, some may say that Hamlet’s impression of women is not caused by the projection of his inappropriate thoughts, motives, and feelings onto women. Instead, they believe that Hamlet’s perception of women is justifiable because he endures Gertrude and Ophelia’s manipulation, betrayal, and immorality. However, this rebuttal is flawed because Hamlet also displays these actions towards Gertrude and Ophelia. For example, Hamlet manipulates Gertrude and Ophelia into thinking that he has fallen into madness. Additionally, Hamlet betrays Gertrude by killing Claudius and going against the best interest of Denmark. Similarly, Hamlet betrays Ophelia by killing Polonius and Laertes. As a result of having a hand in the death of several people
In Act 1, a ghost-who is revealed to be King Hamlet-appears. He won’t talk to the guards, but once Hamlet (his son) arrives, the ghost reveals the truth about how he died. Apparently, Claudius had killed him by putting poison in his ear, but everyone believed that a snake had bit him. In Scene 3, Ophelia is told to be wary of Hamlet’s romantic advances. Laertes departs for France.
In Act 3 Scene 4, where Hamlet kills Polonius, several phrases are pivotal to the scene. When Hamlet asks why he has been summoned, his mother Queen Gertrude lets him know that it is because Hamlet has offended his father. This statement announces the beginning of the altercation between mother and son. Hamlet suspects his mother played a part in the death of King Hamlet and is filled with anger and vengeful thoughts. For most of the play, he has contemplated suicide and questioned his actions. He decided not to kill Claudius as he was praying and this makes him feel as though he has failed in his quest for revenge. Hamlet wants to show Queen Gertrude the error in her decision to marry Claudius and tells his mother:
The way that Gertrude acted, lead to pain and trust issues when it came to other women in Hamlet’s life. “Frailty thy name is woman” (I.ii,146) is how Hamlet states his feelings towards females in his first soliloquy. Not only does Hamlet blame his mother for doing damage in his life, but he goes further to blame all women for not being as strong as men just because of Gertrude’s acts. “The mother's confusing relationship to the father is the cause of the ambiguity and confusion” (Brewer). The sole cause of Hamlet's confusion and chaotic behavior can be traced back to the death of his father and the remarriage of his mother. These are just a few of the examples that show how hamlets real feelings towards his mother and uncle and his dramatic expressions are being confused because he cannot distinguish between his real state of mind and his emotions (Sadowski). Because of the pollution at the head of Hamlet’s family, he is forced to feel the overbearing
I believe that Gertrude is clever. Many people understood the phrase "adulterate beast" and thought of it as proof that Gertrude was Claudius’s lover before Hamlet 's father had died. It will actually make the Queen an abhorrent character in a further level than what Shakespeare had intended, also the rest of the play doesn’t this particular adultery. Claudius according to King Hamlet’s (Ghost) has definitely contaminated his beloved queen, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that Claudius did it before Hamlet 's father has died. If she actually were an adulteress, she must have had a hand in Claudius’s murder, which also makes her the play 's villainess and not its child-like victim. However, when Hamlet confronts his mother in her closet