Love and Hate in Family
Hamlet and his mother Gertrude, the queen, have a relationship with great intensity and many variations in the way they express their love for each other, which are illustrated throughout the play. Gertrude helps to reveal the anger and rage that Hamlet feels deep inside. Gertrude is also a strong contributing factor in Hamletís fury and frustration. The strong feelings of love and respect that Hamlet has toward his mother are tested by many of Gertrudeís actions. Although in the opening of the play, Hamlet and his mother engage in tender, loving behavior, there are many instances in which tenderness is far off in their relationship.
When Hamlet is first brought into the play, we learn of his fatherís untimely death, in the movie by Franco Zeffirelli, we are shown the awful, negative response he has at the funeral. Having great difficulty coping with the unexpected dea...