In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the relationship between Claudius and Gertrude is as strong as ever in Act 4.1--at least on the surface.
She immediately tells Claudius exactly what he asks for: what do her "sighs" and "heaves" mean and where and how is Hamlet (Act 4.1.1-5)?
She tells him that Hamlet is as
Mad as the sea and wind when both contend
Which is the mightier. (Act 4.1.6-7)
And she informs Claudius of the details concerning Hamlet's killing of Polonius, and that Hamlet is removing the corpse from her chamber.
But she doesn't stop there. She also tells Claudius that Hamlet "...weeps for what is done" (Act 4.1.27)--is sorry for killing Polonius.
Like much in the play, however, Gertrude's actions are ambiguous, and thus, while the relationship between her and Claudius appears to be as strong as ever, there is a...
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