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Gertrude's Psychological State
Transcript of Gertrude's Psychological State
Insane in the Membrane (Insanity, Cypress Hill)
Wake Me Up When September Ends (In Mourning, Green Day)
Savin' Me (Helplessness, Nickelback)
Still Sane (Sanity, Lorde)
Paranoid (Paranoia, Kayne West)
What I've Done (Regret, Linkin Park)
What It's Like (Empathy, Everlast)
Hurt (Despair, Johnny Cash)
“Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off/ And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.” (1.2.70-71)-Gertrude is completely introduced as a caring person, who is trying to get Hamlet to move on from her husband/ his fathers death. She is hoping for him to be able to get over the death quickly and return to his joyful self, in which he is a friend to the citizens of Denmark.
“Do not forever with thy vailèd lids/ Seek for thy noble father in the dust,”(1.2.71-73)-Gertrude wants to be able to help Hamlet through the death, as it is obviously impacting him in a big way. However, she is not very helpful, as she is just interjecting with her own thoughts saying that he was a great man, but that he has passed and that he must let go of this past.
“Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die,/ Passing through nature to eternity. ” (1.2.74-75)-This quote represents the end of the first statement ever expressed by Gertrude in the play. Immediately she is depicted as someone who quickly recovers from the deaths of a lover, and not impacted much by death. Only two months after her husband had died, she has already moved on to another man altogether, and others are shocked by her quick adjustment.
“If it will please you/ to show us so much gently and goodwill/ As to expand your time with us awhile/ For the supply and profit our hope/ Your visitations shall receive such thanks/ As fits a king’s remembrance” (2.2.19-26)-This quote represents the expression of gratitude she feels towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern for coming to look after Hamlet, and now she continues on to offer them a job which consists of spying upon Hamlet and returning what they find to the King and Queen.
“But look where sadly the poor wretch comes reading.” (2.2.183-184)-The Queen obviously still loves her son and is still attempting to care for him. She feels bad for him, and his current condition, as she believes that she is contributing to driving her own son to insanity. Instead, she tries to defend him by appealing to the other characters pathos.
“And for your part Ophelia, I do wish/ That your good beauties be the happy cause/ Of Hamlet’s wildness.” (3.1.41-44)-The Queen is still concerned with Hamlet and, in going along with this plan to discover the source of Hamlet's insanity. She is hoping for for Ophelia to be the cause of what is driving him insane, for she is looking for someone else to embrace the blame of her own sons insanity.
“Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me” (3.2.115)-The Queen still feels as though she can relate to her son, but remains helpless as she trys to be a relevant part of his life. She is trying to be an impact and trying to get Hamlet to be willing to be a part of her life.
“Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended ” (3.4.12)-The Queen is saying that Hamlet is offending his father, referencing the uncle who is currently acting as his father, as he is acting rude overall and being generally accusatory to him, stating that murdered his father.
“Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended ” (3.4.13)-Hamlet is replying to his mother that she is offending his late father, her first husband, Claudius Senior. Her incestuous acts and immediate disregard of her late husbands death is completely disrespectful to his memory.
“Have you forgot me?” (3.4.18)-Queen Gertrude is asking her son if he has forgotten her due to how their interactions as of late have been extremely limited and it appears as though he is avoiding her, which is what his deceased father asked him to do.
“You are the Queen, your husband’s brother’s wife/ And (would it were not so) you are my mother” (3.4.19-20)-Hamlet is saying that he respects his mother’s position as Queen, but he is still angry at the fact that he is related to her. He believes that his mother made the incorrect choice in choosing to remarry his uncle, and continues to hold the grudge against her. The whole situation makes the choice sound quite insane.
“What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me? / -Help, ho!” (3.4.20-21)-Gertrude says this in response to Hamlet when he confronts her after his conversation with Ophelia. Gertrude is trying to reason with Hamlet, however she fears that his madness has overcome him. Her hysteria towards Hamlet escalates quickly, and displays how afraid she’s becoming of her surroundings.
“What have I done, that thou dar’st wag thy tongue / In noise so rude against me?” (3.4.38-39)-Gertrude is saying this to Hamlet when he confronts her after he decided against killing Claudius. The fact that Hamlet is upset with Gertrude makes her upset, and also makes her regret all of the recent events that have happened in Denmark. Hamlet is no longer viewed as her son, but rather as his own man.
“O Hamlet, speak no more! / Thou turn’st my very eyes into my soul, / And there I see such black and grievèd spots / As will leave there their tinct” (3.4.88-91)-Gertrude is still in conversation with Hamlet, and is concerned about what he’s said to her. Here, Gertrude is reflecting back on the tragedies she’s had to deal with, but is also concerned with what will happen next when she talks about the “black and grieved spots”. Her comments here also show that she thinks of her soul as dark, which shows how she is starting to view the people around her.
“Oh, speak to me no more!/ These words are like daggers enter my ears/ No more, sweet Hamlet” (3.4.94-96)-Hamlet continues to cause Gertrude pain as a result of his fake madness and is search for revenge against Claudius. Gertrude still attempts to calm Hamlet, but he is driven by the power he believes he has to avenge his father’s death.
“Alas, how is’t with you / That you do bend your eye on vacancy / And with th’ incorporal air do hold discourse? … O gentle son, / Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper Sprinkle cool patience. Whereon do you look?’ (3.4.116-124)-Gertrude is becoming more and more upset that Hamlet is acting on his revenge for his father. She feels that she no longer has control over her son, and will never know what he will do next. His madness continues to affect everyone around him, and especially continues to ostracize him from his mother.
“This the very coinage of your brain/ This bodiless creation of ecstasy/ Is very cunning in” (3.4.137-139)-Gertrude comments on Hamlet’s madness and says that he is very skillful in producing such hallucinations of power. She is starting to doubt Hamlets true intentions and causes of his madness because Hamlet is claiming not to be insane at all.
“O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain” (3.4.156)-Gertrude continues to be hurt by Hamlet’s harsh words and actions towards her. She realizes that there is nothing that can be done to stop his revenge on his father, and doesn’t know what else to do except feel the pain that she does.
“What shall I do?” (3.4.180)- Dealing with Hamlet’s apparent madness and Claudius’s desire to get rid of Hamlet, Gertrude is stuck trying to answer the question of what she’s going to do now. Whatever actions she chooses to do will most likely hurt one of her family members.
“Be thou assured, if words be made of breath / And breath of life, I have no life to breathe / What thou hast said to me” (3.4.197-199)- Gertrude is having her own to be or not to be moment when she reveals that she has nothing to say to Hamlet. When Hamlet confronts her, she has lost all hope to try to make peace with him. Her pain over essentially losing her son over revenge against Claudius is driving her to be in mourning throughout the play.
“Mad as the sea and wind when both contend / Which is the mightier” (4.1.7-8)- Gertrude understands what is actually happening between Claudius and Hamlet. She knows that they are both ultimately going after each /other to be in a position of power, and she knows that only one will come out the mightier.
“To draw apart the body he hath killed/ O’re whom his very madness, like some ore/ Among a mineral of metal base/ Shows itself pure: he weeps for what is done” (4.1.25-28)- Gertrude is trying to explain the crazy situation that she has just been involved in. While she immediately sells out her son to her husband, she does something that is simply crazy, she protects him despite his ‘insanity’ by claiming his remorse.
“To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is, / Each toy seems to prologue to some great amiss / So full of artless jealousy is guilt, / It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” (4.5.17-20)- Gertrude clearly refers to herself as having a sick soul, which is caused by Hamlet’s behavior towards her. Rather than trying to do something about it, Gertrude accepts what she is feeling, and continues to mourn the loss of her son to revenge for his father.
“Well, God dild you. They say the owl was a baker’s daughter. Lord, we know we are but know not what we may be. God be at your table.” (4.5.47-49)- Gertrude feels guilty over Laertes’s death and the reaction that Ophelia has had to it. She has just witnesses the insanity that has consumed Ophelia, and is fearing for what is to come, not only on the bases of insanity but also about what is going to happen to Ophelia.
“How cheerfully on the false trail they cry. / Oh this is the counter, you false Danish dogs!” (4.5.108-109)-Gertrude has lost all sense of clarity at this point in the play because of what is happening with Hamlet, Ophelia, and Laertes. She compares the people calling for Laertes to be king “Danish dogs” meaning that they are thinking in the opposite direction of the truth. She continues to doubt the intentions of the people around her, which ultimately keeps her paranoid.
“She is so <conjunctive> to my life and soul/ That, as the star moves not but in his sphere/ I could not but by her” (4.7.16-18)-The King is telling Laertes why it is that he can not be the one to kill his son. He knows that he will be in a lot of trouble, especially with his wife, who will promptly throw him into the doghouse, from which he will never be able to escape.
“One woe doth tread upon another’s heel/ So fast they followed. Your sister’s drowned, Laertes.” (4.7.187-188)-The Queen is yet again mourning the death of a person in the play, this time it is about Ophelia, who has apparently drowned herself in a nearby lake. She has brought this news to the King, Claudius, and Laertes, where she then explains what she saw before they leave together to find her and comfort Laertes while they prepare the funeral.
“Sweet’s to the sweet. Farewell! / I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet’s wife; / I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid, / And not have strewed thy grave.” (5.1.224-227)-Gertrude’s hope for Ophelie to be married to Hamlet is shattered when she stumbles upon her dead body. The fact that Ophelia is dead also shows that she was not the only reasoning behind Hamlet’s insanity. She is regretful that Ophelia was not able to make things right with Hamlet before her death.
“This is mere madness. / And this awhile the fit work on him. / Anon, as patient as the female dove. / When that her golden couplets are disclosed, / His silence will sit drooping.” (5.1.267-271)-Here Gertrude is reflecting on the past events with the imagery of the dove hatching her chicks. The chicks are representative of Hamlet, and show that he is branching off from the mother dove just as Hamlet has done to Gertrude. Hamlet branching away from her causes her to believe this is all madness, and that she is trying to cope with her grief.
“No, no, the drink, the drink! - O my dear Hamlet!/ The drink, the drink! I am poisoned.” (5.2.286-28)-When Gertrude takes a drink from the poisoned cup, her last thought is of Hamlet. She is regretful that she was not able to make peace with her son before her death, however she is still able to let Hamlet know that she had been poisoned.
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I say, Challenge Accepted!
Name of Song (Type of Insanity, Artist/ Band)