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|GR: Gertrude's Guilt
Written by Cheryl
(5/29/2003 12:06 a.m.)
She has already admitted that her marriage to Claudius was "o'er hasty". When Hamlet confronts her about about her marriage she begs him to stop saying "These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears;" and "Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul; And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct."
This seems to show some some guilty feelings, some remorse, some acknowledgement that she did not behave as she ought. I get the feeling that Hamlet was beginning to persuade her to his view of things, that Claudius is a villain, when the Ghost appears and Hamlet appears to speak to "the incorporal air" and so "Alas, he's mad!"
She never seems to suss out that Claudius is guilty until she is poisoned. Was she just in denial or did she truly think Hamlet mad and that what he said was just "the very coinage of [his] brain"?
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