Gertrude - 1 This scene will be placed right after Ophelia...

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This scene will be placed right after Ophelia reads Hamlet’s letter to the king and queen. Gertrude doesn’t get to voice her opinion at all during the entire play. No one understands her or her motives. In this scene, she explains her feelings, which makes the audience more sympathetic to her. It also shows how destructive Claudius has been, as it adds another victim to his list. Gertrude: What was I to do? Watch my husband die and then become nothing more than a widow who was once loved? I couldn’t bear that thought and the sooner I could ensure my fate would not turn out that way, the better. Why can’t Hamlet understand that? If he only knew the pain his father’s death had caused me. I would have taken my own life to follow my husband had I not thought of my son. The only one who saw my suffering was his uncle, and I needed a reason to live. I was weak. It has driven my poor son mad, and I have no one to blame but myself. But every time I try to leave him, I am reminded that I
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course AENG 144 taught by Professor Bale during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Albany.

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Gertrude - 1 This scene will be placed right after Ophelia...

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