Saturday, November 17, 2012
Hamlet's Bashing of his mother Gertrude
While reading, I started to wonder why Hamlet seemed to bash Gertrude so much when his Uncle Claudius was the one who killed his father. Throughout their encounters, Hamlet talks violently to her bashing her for basically committing a form of "treason" against his father and the former king. If I were Hamlet, I feel like I would have had more anger toward my uncle who actually committed the murder than towards my mother. I was wondering if this was just the time the play was written in and how women were viewed in society. Possibly people's feelings about women in real life at this time played a role in Shakespeare's writing of Gertrude in his play. I know in previous literary works we have read that women are viewed as adulterous. Maybe Shakespeare and people of the Elizabethan Era still shared some of the same views. What do you think?