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Nobleza 1 Ashleigh Nobleza AP Literature 19 November 2015 Hill Hamlet Seminar Acts 4 and 5 1. Gertrude’s death was God’s doing, rather than an accident. During the initial meeting between Hamlet and his father’s ghost, the ghost warns him not to do harm to his mother, as god will decide her fate. “Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge To prick and sting her” (1.5.4). The purpose of this warning is to foreshadow Gertrude’s death to being a matter of divine action. We are reminded of this foreshadowing during Hamlet’s soliloquy prior to the fencing match, when he scolds Horatio to leave the outcome of it to God’s will. “If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is ’t to leave betimes? Let be” (5.1.10). Gertrude is no victim in this play, she is aware of her sin, and her husband’s deception, yet she continues to stand by him closely. God sees her weakness and fading morality, and that it is attributed to her need for luxurious living, finally denying her salvation with a fateful poisoning.
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