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Gertrudes Decision in Marrying Claudius

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        The version of the ghost is a matter of interpretation. Contaminated Gertrude; but when? After the marriage, he is entitled to the bodily and sexual pleasure being offered by Gertrude. Her marriage to Claudius and the plot of Claudius to kill the King should not be linked together.   A reader has to proceed like a careful lawyer, analyze the situation threadbare, and judge the whole issue on the basis of evidence. Emotion has no role to play here. Gertrude is visualizing a situation, after marriage, that Hamlet and will stay united.

That would have been ideal. But, by nurture, Hamlet and Claudius are poles apart; and Hamlet is at the receiving end of grief. Claudius has not lost anything and gained on all counts. The kingdom, the throne, and a wife like Gertrude.   The only option before Gertrude is to apportion her love between Hamlet and Claudius and live in a house divided and prevent if possible, the house being destroyed. She now adores and loves her husband and son at their respective levels. She has no option, except to walk on the razor’ s edge and hope for the situation to improve.

Similar is the hope of Gertrude. She is perhaps hoping that with the passage of time, Hamlet will mellow down, and his attitude towards his uncle may soften.     In an effort to get at the truth, Hamlet speaks very rudely to his mother, but even in that situation of utmost provocation, Gertrude maintains her calm. Hamlet’ s famous condemnation about women indicates what venomous feelings he has for women in general. “ Frailty, thy name the woman! ” (1.2) Hamlet reprimands his mother thus: “ Such an actThat blurs the grace and blush of modesty, Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the roseFrom the fair forehead of innocent love, And sets a blister there, makes marriage vowsAs false as dicers' oaths; O, such a deed, As from the body of contraction plucksThe very soul and sweet religion makesA rhapsody of words. ” (3.4)  

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  • Pages: 10 (2500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Masters
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