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Ophelia and Gertrude Two different women who seem to be trapped in the samecircumstances in relation to HamletGertrude Hamlets mother and the Queen of Denmark She is married to the presentKing Claudius who is suspected by Hamlet to have killed his father King Hamlet who alsohappens to be Claudiuss brother Gerturde has somehow ended up in the plot of King Hamletsdeath and in the eyes of her son seems to be a monster and an aide to an adulterating deedOphelia the daughter of Polonius who is the Kings trusted councilor and is later killedin the play and he forbids his daughter to see Hamlet because of the possibility that he beseechher name and her virginity She truly loves Hamlet and is devastated when he shuns her andpretends to be madHamlets treatment towards these two women shapes and brings life to their charactersand eventually bring s an end to their characters as wellGertrude is a kind and loving mother The kind that guards after her son through thickand through thin and loves unconditionally Hamlet had suspected her of aiding in the killing ofKing Hamlet That will be discussed laterHer character is the one character in the play that I believe does not develop but ratherstays identical to the scene in which she is introducedAct I scene II She is shown to be aquiet stand by your man type individual who is easily influencedThis is my belief because in the second scene of the play Hamlet is shown to becrushed by his mothers hasty remarriage If marriage within the family was common in the daysof Shakespeare then this is understandable but in any other case this would be consideredan act of betrayal that was obviously brought on by some outside pressure probably fromClaudiusThere is however a slight change in her personality that is not quite noticeable At theend of the play the King and LaertesPoloniuss son have plotted to kill Hamlet for reasons thatare irrelevant to my
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