Please explain the representation of marriage in Hamlet?

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In Hamlet, the institution of marriage is primarily represented as a social institution for elites. William Shakespeare examines it through the current marriage of Gertrude and Claudius and the previous marriage of Gertrude and the elder Hamlet. Because Denmark was a monarchy, the marital arrangements between the royals were crucial to the country’s current and future political stability. These arrangements included the monarchs’s reproduction, with the goal of producing male heirs. Largely because of the ongoing conflict with Norway, including the constant threat of invasion, Denmark is unstable.

Before the play begins, King Hamlet has died and Queen Gertrude is left a widow. As a female who had married in to the royal family, she could not rule alone. She primarily has two choices. One is to allow her son to ascend the throne, in which case she will no longer be queen. The other is to marry her late husband’s brother, who is a member of the royal family. The second path will allow her to...

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