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Anne Murphy English 204 Section 820 Assignment 4 Vanouse Love and Hate in Family Hamlet and his mother Gertrude the queen have a relationship with great intensity and many variations in the way they express their love for each other which are illustrated throughout the play Gertrude helps to reveal the anger and rage that Hamlet feels deep inside Gertrude is also a strong contributing factor in Hamlets fury and frustration The strong feelings of love and respect that Hamlet has toward his mother are tested by many of Gertrudes actions Although in the opening of the play Hamlet and his mother engage in tender loving behavior there are many instances in which tenderness is far off in their relationship When Hamlet is first brought into the play we learn of his fathers untimely death in the movie by Franco Zeffirelli we are shown the awful negative response he has at the funeral Having great difficulty coping with the unexpected death of his father the king Hamlet continues to mope and hang his head low two months past the funeral The queen on the other hand sings and dances around as if the death of her husband had no significance and worse yet we find out about her engagement to her late husbands brother This strikes Hamlet as being extremely odd and disrespectful to her previous marriage to his father Hamlet may honor his mother but will in no way honor her decision to marry his uncle Not wanting to offend his mother by telling her of his disapproval of her marriage to his uncle Hamlet keeps his anger and disbelief inside revealing his feeling to no one Hamlet is trying desperately to understand the false actions in his opinion of his mother While suffering from this confusion Hamlet is face to face with the ghost of his father From the visit of the ghost Hamlet learns the truth of his fathers death and
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