"Hamlet" ( Shakespeare ) Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Hamlet" ( Shakespeare )
Examines Gertrude's guilt, her role as a victim of fate and her relationships with Hamlet and Claudius.
# 14374 | 675 words | 1 source | 1999 | US
Published on Jul 21, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)


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The central character in Hamlet is charged with a duty to avenge his father, but in the broader sense, he is to avenge the natural order and so restore it. That natural order has been rent asunder by the murder of the king, and Hamlet is the instrument of divine justice who is told to destroy Claudius and Gertrude and so to set things right

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"The central character in Hamlet is charged with a duty to avenge his father, but in the broader sense, he is to avenge the natural order and so restore it. That natural order has been rent asunder by the murder of the king, and Hamlet is the instrument of divine justice who is told to destroy Claudius and Gertrude and so to set things right. Most of the guilt is placed on Claudius in the play, and though Gertrude would clearly have to be guilty as well, perhaps the fact that she is Hamlet's mother makes him see her in a different light. For that matter, Gertrude's guilt is treated differently by the Ghost of the murdered king, the entity that gives Hamlet the task of seeking revenge in the first place. Gertrude in Hamlet has clearly married the murderer, but it is less clear that she ..."

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