Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essay

818 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Claudius, the king in the drama Hamlet by William Shakespeare, was a manipulative, power-driven, brother. His dream of becoming king came true when he supposedly murdered the former king, Hamlet Senior, and married the queen Gertrude. Afraid that Hamlet might announce Claudius’s atrocious deed to the public, Claudius manipulated Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Laertes into his heinous scheme of killing Hamlet.
Weak from the murder of her husband and the threat of Fortinbras’s army, Gertrude was easily manipulated into marrying the man who stole her independence, Claudius. Having the ability to influence Hamlet’s actions, the queen provided an important asset to him. Claudius brainwashed Gertrude to agree with everything he said. During Polonius’s explanation of Hamlet’s madness for Ophelia, Gertrude skipped over the fact that Hamlet might still be mourning over his father and also failed to argue her opinion. "I doubt it is no other than the main-/ His father 's death and our o 'erhasty marriage (Ham. 2.2.59-60). Gertrude never disobeyed or argued with Claudius. Her mentality was set as a woman. A woman who followed her husband with loyalty, no matter the cost. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” (Ham. 3.2.254). Hamlet asked midplay what Gertrude’s thoughts were so far, and her instinct immediately went to the woman who stood up for herself. Claudius overpowered her so much that she lost her true self and who she cares about. “Alack, I had forgot! ‘Tis so…

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