Hamlet and Where are You Going, Where have you Been? Essay

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Mr. Wrong in Hamlet and Where are You Going, Where have you Been?

This essay will consider how the character Gertrude from Hamlet and the character Connie from "Where are You Going, Where have you Been?" both end up with the wrong man. The essay will compare how these "wrong men" were alike and why Gertrude and Connie may have fallen for them.

Gertrude was married to someone else when she fell for Claudius. The play indicates that he started wooing her long before Hamlet's father was dead, hence their getting married so quickly after his death. "Within a month, ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes, she married." Connie was single when Arnold Friend approached her, but she had
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If it's true that Arnold Friend was being compared to a serial rapist and murder in the story, then they were both murderers. They also both used similar methods of persuasion. The Ghost says of Claudius, "With witchcraft of his wit…and gifts that have the power so to seduce! - won to his shameful lust the will of my most seeming-virtuous Queen." We can see from this that Claudius was able to change the queen's mind by being tricky and witty. This is the same way Arnold Friend was. The first time he saw her "He wagged a finger and laughed and said, 'Gonna get you baby'," which shows he had great faith in his persuasive powers. He plays games with Connie, pretending he knew all along she was going to open the door and go with him. "This is your day set aside for a ride with me and you know it," he says. "I'm not coming in there but you are coming out here."

In both cases, we wonder how Connie and Gertrude could have fallen for such games. Hamlet says, "Have you eyes?...Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight, Ears without hands or eyes...Could not so mope." One is tempted to say the same things to Connie. Why did you step out the door; didn't you realize what you were doing? Both Connie and Gertrude did this because they are both easy to manipulate. Hamlet says to Gertrude, "Not this, by no means, that I bid you do: let the bloat king…for a pair of reechy kisses...Make you to ravel all this matter out." He

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