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October 23, 2005

Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 3-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Sweet Gertrude, leave us too;
For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither,
That he, as 'twere by accident, may here
Affront Ophelia:
Her father and myself,—lawful espials,—
Will so bestow ourselves that, seeing, unseen,
We may of their encounter frankly judge;
And gather by him, as he is behav'd,
If't be the affliction of his love or no
That thus he suffers for.

This scene really made me angry. It also made me question Gertrude and her role in this play. Claudius tells Gertrude that he and Polonius are going to spy on Hamlet, and she just lets him. That made me mad! It also made me question exactly what Gertrude was all about. Did she just agree to let him spy on her son because she cares and wanted to get to the bottom of his sorrowl? Or was it because she was truly kind of brainwashed by Claudius? Or was it because she just didn't care about Hamlet which would lead me to believe that she may have played a role in King Hamlet's murder. What do you guys think? Was anyone else appalled that she just lets Claudius do whatever he wants and has no regard for Hamlet?

Posted by CheraPupi at October 23, 2005 1:03 PM


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