Gertrude's Betrayal
Updated: 3/12/2020
Gertrude's Betrayal

Storyboard Description

This comic shows Act 3, Scene 4 from Hamlet's perspective. He feels that his mother Gertrude has betrayed himself and his late father by marrying Claudius. When Polonius cries for help from behind the tapestry, Hamlet mistakes him for Claudius and stabs him. Hamlet had finally garnered the courage to murder Claudius, but he did so without clearly identifying the person he is attacking. His passion and anger that he felt towards his mother and Claudius clouded his judgement and caused him to act brashly.

Storyboard Text

  • I really love him Hamlet, I swear.
  • I can't believe you married Claudius!
  • Hamlet, I don't know what you're talking about. Why are you so angry at me?
  • Not only did you marry your dead husband's brother, you married his murderer!
  • Oh no. What if Claudius actually did kill King Hamlet?
  • O Hamlet, speak no more! Thou turn’st my eyes into my very soul. And there I see such black and grainèd spots as will not leave their tinct.
  • You know exactly what I'm talking about. You're a terrible person!
  • Hello there kind spirit. What can I do for you?
  • Do not forget. This visitation is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose. But look, amazement on thy mother sits. O, step between her and her fighting soul.
  • Who is he talking to? Hamlet really is crazy.
  • I think it's more important that I ask how you're doing Hamlet. Who were you just talking to?
  • How are you mom?