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Hamlet

In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, several characters are incorporated into the plot in order to compliment and help portray Hamlet's individual character.Hamlet's character, though extremely complex and intricate, is also surprisingly immature and unpredictable.These characteristics can be seen in Hamlet's actions throughout the play and through other characters written into the plot.Hamlet's personality is directly reflected in his relationships with the female characters of the story.Most notably with his mother, Gertrude, and his lover Ophelia.Their purpose is to help reveal Hamlet's true personality.The weakness and naive aspects of their characters exemplify Hamlet's controlling yet meek personality.
Gertrude, Queen of Denmark is faced with tragedy at the start of the play.With the death of her husband, she is widowed and left in a very vulnerable position.Her naive character relies primarily on other characters; most commonly her dependency relies on males.Shakespeare's portrayal of women throughout the play remains the same.These characteristics that Shakespeare placed on women throughout the plot thus validates Gertrude’s hasty marriage to Claudius.Unable to control the country of Denmark on her own, lacking independence, Gertrude is quickly wed.The occurrence of this marriage at the start of the play affects Hamlet;s attitude towards his mother throughout the entire plot.He was disgusted with Claudius;s behaviour towards his recently widowed mother.Claudius;s primary motivation was to acquire the throne, and this sole motivation was what Hamlet disapproved of.Hamlet shows no affection towards his mother throughout the entire play.It is obvious that he loves her dearly, however, his behaviour does not portray his true emotions.Though Gertrude is truly in love with Claudius, she still regrets her decision to an extent because she has lost th…

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