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Relationships are very important today and they wherevery important in the past Each relationship is different some are goodand some are bad Good relationships can last a long time and sometimes foreverbut bad relationships can end very quickly In some cases relationshipsdetermine the direction life will take and they can change everything Althoughlove and relationships can sometimes be wonderful and happy they can sometimeslead to things such as madness suicide and depression This is the casein Hamlet A comparison of the love relationship between Ophelia and Hamletand Gertrude and Claudius will illustrate that betrayal selfishness andlack of love cause the downfall of these relationships There are many examples of betrayal in the play HamletIn these examples betrayal leads to the destruction of relationships Claudiusis the king of Denmark and he will do anything to stay that way His wifeGertrude loves her son Hamlet and Claudius knows that In order to stay kinghe must please Getrude therefore he pretends to love Hamlet in front ofGertrude but behind her back he plots to murder Hamlet I will workhim To an exploit now ripe in my device under the which he shall not chosebut fall And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe1Gertrudes trust is betrayed by Claudius at that moment because Gertrudebelieves that Claudius loves Hamlet when in fact he despises him and wishesdeath upon him Claudius is not the only character that betrays in the playHamlet Hamlets makes Ophelia believe that he loves her for a long timeuntil one day he tells her things that break her heart Because Hamlet suspectsthat someone is listening to his conversation with Ophelia he acts likea mad man and says cruel things to Ophelia Virtue cannot so inoculateour old stock but we shall relish of it I loved you notIII i 118-120All the promises he had made to her before that day are now broken he hasbetrayed her trust Hamlet and Claudius betrayed someone that they wheresupposed
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