Hamlet VS Gertrude

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Within the story of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Gertrude, when deciding to betray her marriage after the recent murder of her husband and not take into account the emotions of others, such as her son, when she remarries the king's brother, throws Hamlet into a burning fire of revenge, insanity, and mistrust which brings death to many around the two.

"The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen. O Hamlet, what a falling-off was there, from me, whose love was of that dignity" (I.v. 46-48). "O most pernicious woman" (I.v. 105). As one may know of the play Hamlet, these words were spoken from the deceased King of Denmark when confronting Hamlet about his wrongful death. This is where he (Hamlet) develops more anger at his mother and Claudius, even after developing anger directed at them because he was to succeed his late father's throne to Denmark, and begins his plot of revenge.

His plot was to play crazy and then kill his uncle who wronged his family and his country. Gertrude, after the death of her loyal husband the King of Denmark, quickly remarried his brother and this was the beginning of the end for Hamlet. Hamlet saw his father in such a high light and viewed his parents' marriage as a good one, and when Gertrude moved on so quickly it toiled inside of Hamlet. It brought so many angers to Hamlets being and he didn't quite know what to do with it all. His mother betrayed him and his father by moving on so quickly and "sate itself in a celestial bed" (I.v. 56).

When Gertrude committed the act she did, she brought on the ruins of Hamlet. It has always been a question of readers of whether Hamlet truly goes crazy, was crazy the whole time...