In "Hamlet," does Gertrude have a hand in Claudius's crime?

In "Hamlet," does Gertrude have a hand in Claudius's crime?

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It isn't clear how involved Gertrude is in the murder of her first husband. She marries Claudius only a few months after the king is murdered, but the Ghost of Hamlet's father tells Hamlet not to harm her. Wouldn't King Hamlet 's want revenge on her as well if she had...

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No. She was manipulated and deceived by Claudius so she was unaware and have no knowledge of the crime that he had committed, making herself look like a fool. Yes, he was once have an affair with Hamlet's father before his death but everything is all caused by Claudius and everything should be blamed on him, nothing else.

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I just studied this... Hamlet learns that Gertrude was having an affair with Hamlet's father before he was murdered. So while she may not have actively murdered him, she was involved in some way. Hamlet says that it's her weakness that is her problem " "Frailty, thy name is woman" (I, ii, l.146)"

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