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Ophelia and Gertrude Two different women who seem to be trapped in the same circumstances in relation to Hamlet Gertrude Hamlets mother and the Queen of Denmark She is married to the present King Claudius who is suspected by Hamlet to have killed his father King Hamlet who also happens to be Claudiuss brother Gerturde has somehow ended up in the plot of King Hamlets death and in the eyes of her son seems to be a monster and an aide to an adulterating deed Ophelia the daughter of Polonius who is the Kings trusted councilor and is later killed in the play and he forbids his daughter to see Hamlet because of the possibility that he beseech her name and her virginity She truly loves Hamlet and is devastated when he shuns her and pretends to be mad Hamlets treatment towards these two women shapes and brings life to their characters and eventually bring s an end to their characters as well Gertrude is a kind and loving mother The kind that guards after her son through thick and through thin and loves unconditionally Hamlet had suspected her of aiding in the killing of King Hamlet That will be discussed later Her character is the one character in the play that I believe does not develop but rather stays identical to the scene in which she is introducedAct I scene II She is shown to be a quiet stand by your man type individual who is easily influenced This is my belief because in the second scene of the play Hamlet is shown to be crushed by his mothers hasty remarriage If marriage within the family was common in the days of Shakespeare then this is understandable but in any other case this would be considered an act of betrayal that was obviously brought on
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