Does Hamlet think Gertrude is as guilty as Claudius?

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Initially Hamlet seems to think that Gertrude was having an illicit relationship with Claudius before he murdered his brother and that she was in on the plan. In Act 3, Scene 4, however, he seems to realize that she had no idea that Claudius had killed her husband. When Hamlet ...

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Initially Hamlet seems to think that Gertrude was having an illicit relationship with Claudius before he murdered his brother and that she was in on the plan. In Act 3, Scene 4, however, he seems to realize that she had no idea that Claudius had killed her husband. When Hamlet kills Polonius, she says, "O, what a rash and bloody deed is this!" Hamlet replies, "A bloody deed? Almost as bad, good mother, / As kill a king, and marry with his brother." Gertrude seems genuinely astonished when she says, "As kill a king!" It is hard to understand exactly what happened between Gertrude and Claudius. It is never made explicit. It would seem that Claudius had no kind of understanding with her before he killed King Hamlet but that he wooed her after he had committed the murder. This also seems to be Hamlet's eventual understanding of what happened.

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