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What are Gertrude's personality traits in "Hamlet"?

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Gertrude's personality in Hamlet is one of the most interesting aspects of the play and Gertrude herself is one of the more complex characters in the play.  Critics of Hamlet have long debated Gertrude's personality and her feelings about her dead husband, her new husband and her son.  Throughout the play, there's a question as to how deeply involve in King Hamlet 's murder Gertrude was.  While at the end of the play she appears ignorant of the crime, some critics have argued that she was, in some way, involved in the plot to kill King Hamlet.  Shakespeare never tells us this for certain, though, which gives Gertrude’s character a measure of...

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