In what ways is Gertrude a very crucial character in the play "Hamlet"? I'm doing a reasearch paper about how Gertrude is the catalyst of all the events in Hamlet. She started the desire for Claudius...
I'm doing a reasearch paper about how Gertrude is the catalyst of all the events in Hamlet. She started the desire for Claudius to kill Hamlet's Father, for he loved her, she caused Hamlet to be suspicious of Claudius for her hasty decision to marry Claudius, etc. I'd like to gather as much information about this topic as possible. At the moment I can't seem to find any secondary sources to back-up my information appropriately and am hoping this discussion will help.
With regard to secondary sources, perhaps you could research the influence of mothers upon main characters/people. Wasn't it Freud who attributed so...
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Thank you very much, this information really truly helps. Honestly, Hamlet is the very first Shakespeare play I have read through and I find it so intruiging compared to Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Midsummer Night's Dream. (The plays I have read as of yet.) But what inspired me to write about Gertrude was that during my class nobody really gave Gertrude the credit for her fire starting actions! I was really dissapointed when I saw that not all the characters got the credit they deserved. I see the W.S. (William Shakekspeare) didn't just place characters here and there just for fun. But he had the whole plot set out in a way where every character has a specific part to play out to make the story flow to it's end. Thus, I am concentrating on Gertrude's extreme part in the story, the main reason why Hamlet had become suspicious of Claudius in the first place.
If there be anybody else who would like to put there comments or critiques, please, don't be afraid to do so.