Gertrude is portrayed as an obedient woman, who blindly follows her husband's orders and does not show a significant amount of agency throughout the play. In act 3, scene 1, Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England and instructs Polonius to eavesdrop on a conversation between Gertrude and her son. Polonius still believes that Hamlet's strange behavior stems from Ophelia's unrequited love and Claudius informs Gertrude of his plans. Gertrude demonstrates her obedience by saying,
"I shall obey you. And for your part, Ophelia, I do wish That your good beauties be the happy cause Of Hamlet’s wildness." (Shakespeare, 3.1.38-41)
Gertrude proceeds to leave the scene and obediently carries on a private conversation with Hamlet while Polonius eavesdrops. Gertrude once again demonstrates her obedience by asking her son what exactly he wants her to do in act 3, scene 4. After Hamlet criticizes his mother for sleeping with and marrying his alcoholic uncle, he instructs her to repent for her sins and...
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