Claudius demands the Queen to explain Hamlet's behavior, she claims he is insane. Does she really believe that Hamlet is mad or is she protecting him? ACT IV, i, 1-27
The short first scene of Act IV centres around Gertrude's betrayal of Hamlet. Although she does honour Hamlet's request to not tell Claudius that he is only feigning madness, it is clear that, having promised to help her son, Gertrude turns him in to her husband. The immediate and extremely frank way...
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I see Gertrude as a rather oblivious character. To me, I would say she is only saying what she thinks. What is she protecting him against if she doesnt know Claudius killed King Hamlet?