Gertrude is introduced in the second scene of the play. She is Hamlet's mother, the widow of The late King Hamlet and now King Claudius's new wife. I do not like her character so far in this play because she does not seem like a strong powerful female role. Gertrude seems more like Lady Anne's character in Richard III than the strong- willed, Queen Elizabeth or Queen Margaret. Both of the Queens in Richard have a powerful voice and in the nature of the way Richard approaches them. Gertrude does show compassion towards her son, Hamlet. She seems like the type of character that wants to stand up for herself and protect her son, but she is shows as a weaker side. I said she is like Lady Anne's character , because she is being played for a fool. She is being tricked by King Claudius, just like Lady Anne was tricked by Richard.
She is really dependent, which is sad to me because I love reading about strong independent female characters in Shakespeare. She follows King Claudius around as he orders her to do. I always try to imagine myself in the women's situations in the plays and how I would do things differently when I am reading.
I also find that I can use more emotion when I get to write about these strong-willed women who act as a role model for some. I loved reading Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice is my favorite character because she shows that she is strong, independent and witty which is a perfect role model when reading these plays. I haven't read this play in quite a while , but I predict that Gertrude will not become a strong-willed individual in this play.