Hamlet Problem Essay
Claudius classified his marriage to Gertrude as an "equal scale weighing delight and dole" (1.2.12). However, the audience of William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has a hard time comprehending exactly what drove Gertrude to her hasty marriage a mere two months after the death of her husband. Character analysis along with evidence taken from the play makes the answer obvious. Gertrude married Claudius because she needed a powerful man to control her life. After King Hamlet died, Claudius took advantage of Gertrude's grief and became that man.
Authoritative men easily dominated Gertrude. Thus, she became reliant on them to …show more content…
Amidst her grief and emotional despair from King Hamlet's death, Gertrude was easily seduced into matrimony with Claudius. Claudius elucidates that Gertrude's "mirth in funeral" was interchanged "with dirge in marriage" (1.2.12). However, the audience is aware of Claudius' controlling behavior which is seen most prominently when he teases Hamlet in act one for "[persevering]/In obstinate condolement" (1.2.93). Claudius warns Hamlet that he is exhibiting "unmanly grief" (1.2.94). Between Claudius' demanding spirit and Gertrude's obeying personality, Claudius easily convinced Gertrude to marry him.
Some might claim that Gertrude married Claudius because they were secretly having an affair before the death of King Hamlet. However evidence for the play proves otherwise. From Hamlet's speech in act one, the audience gets a feel for how much King Hamlet and Gertrude were in