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The Truth About Gertrude “To thine own self be true,” quoted by Polonius while speaking to his son Laertes before he goes back to France. This line is very wise and it explains how we should be true to ourselves no matter what you are doing. The characters in Hamlet seemed to greatly struggle with this idea of being true to ones self. Every character showed how they were not true to themselves or the people around them. The character that I believe never is really clear about whether she is true to herself or not is Gertrude. Throughout the course of the play we find more questions regarding Gertrude then we do answers. With every statement she says we are unsure if she is just saying it to agree with Claudius or if she real means it. Gertrude uses men throughout the play to get where she wants to she uses Claudius so that she is able to stay the Queen and obeys him with all his request. It seems as though she will do anything just to fulfill her need for power and lust. All of these desires show how the Queen is not true to herself. At the very beginning of the play we immediately see Gertrude’s desire retain power after her King Hamlet’s death. She sleeps with Claudius to both retain her Queen title and regain the lost lust in her relationship. A mere month after her husbands death she goes off and marries Claudius. This brings us to Gertrude’s quote regarding
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course H 110.3 taught by Professor Selfe during the Spring '08 term at Ohio State.

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