Gertrude Character Summary

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  • Gertrude
    • Key Quotes
      • Hamlet- 'Frailty, thy name is woman'
      • Hamlet- 'Mother you have my father much offended'
      • Hamlet- 'I will speak daggers to her, but I shall use none'
      • Referring to Hamlet's madness
        • 'Alas he is mad'
        • 'this is the very coinage of your brain'
      • 'You are the Queen, your husband's brother's wife'
      • Death- 'The king, the king's to blame'
      • 'The lady doth protest too much'
      • 'I hop'd thou shouldst have been Hamlet's wife"
    • Background
      • Hamlet's mother, recently married to Claudius
      • She makes no attempt to search for the truth wanting the status quo
      • She denies Claudius' place in the events
      • She tries to pacify Hamlet and seems genuinely upset by Ophelias death, however this could be a guilty reflection of her own lack of faithfulness and purity
      • Dies at the end by drinking the poisoned cup

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