When Hamlet kills polonius, Gertrude confides in Claudius.
Claudius loves Gertrude to an extent
Claudius stops Gertrude from drinking the poisoned wine that was meant for Hamlet.
Gertrude protects Claudius
Gertrude is always defending Claudius. For example, when Claudius is disturbed by Hamlet’s play, she promises to put an end to Hamlet’s behaviour.
Claudius and Hamlet
Hamlet despises Claudius
Hamlet is bitter toward Claudius because he killed late King Hamlet and took Gertrude from him as well.
Claudius fears Hamlet
Claudius sees Hamlet as a threat because Hamlet knows about Claudius’ crime and Claudius knows what Hamlet is capable of in defending his father.
Claudius and Hamlet compete for Gertrude’s love/attention
In Gertrude’s chamber (before Hamlet kills Polonius), Hamlet pleads for Gertrude to stay away from Claudius. When Claudius suggests that Hamlet should see him as a father, part of his intent is to boast the fact that Claudius has Gertrude’s love.
Hamlet and Laertes
Laertes doesn’t respect Hamlet
Laertes tells Ophelia that Hamlet’s love is untrue, that he isn’t trustworthy, and she should stay away from him.
Hamlet feels superior to Laertes
Hamlet thinks he is a better swordsman and loves Ophelia more than Laertes.
Hamlet and Laertes are in competition
Laertes tries to convince Ophelia to stop seeing Hamlet. Hamlet wants to duel with Laertes when he discovers Laertes’ skill.
Polonius and Laertes
Polonius does not trust Laertes
Polonius sends Reynaldo to France to check up on Laertes.
Polonius cares for Laertes
Polonius gives Laertes a long advising lecture about how he can succeed in France.
Laertes truly loves Polonius
Laertes tries to avenge Polonius’ death and give him a proper and honourable funeral.
Hamlet and the Ghost
The Ghost grounds Hamlet
When Hamlet verbally abuses Gertrude, the Ghost comes and tells him to calm down and remember his purpose.
Hamlet is skeptical of the Ghost’s intentions
Hamlet puts on a play to check if the Ghost was telling the truth.
. The Ghost influences Hamlet’s actions
After hearing the Ghost’s story, Hamlet decides to take revenge.
Gertrude and Hamlet
Gertrude is loyal to Hamlet
When Gertrude discovers the wine is poisoned, she immediately tells Hamlet he shouldn’t drink it.
Gertrude is scared of Hamlet
Gertrude asks Hamlet if he is going to kill her almost immediately after he enters her chambers.
Hamlet is obsessed with Gertrude
Hamlet is more upset with Gertrude’s remarrying than with his father’s murder.
Hamlet and Ophelia
Hamlet is emotionally abusive to Ophelia
Hamlet sends mixed sexual messages to Ophelia.
Ophelia loves Hamlet
Ophelia is reluctant to believe Polonius when he says that Hamlet does not love her.
Ophelia deceives Hamlet
Ophelia allows Claudius and Polonius to spy on her.
Rozencrantz and Guildenstern and Claudius
R&G are loyal to Claudius
R&G go to try and find out what is wrong with Hamlet at Claudius’ bidding.
Claudius controls R&G
R&G obey Claudius’ every command without question.
R&G respect the hierarchy
R&G are loyal to Claudius because he is the most powerful.
Hamlet and Horatio
Hamlet sends Horatio a letter telling him of his plan to come back.
He helped Hamlet with his plans and gave Claudius the letter as he was instructed.
He offered to die with Hamlet even though Hamlet told him not to.
Hamlet and Rozencrantz and Guildenstern
He suspects them of being in cahoots with the king and queen.
In the beginning, R&G did have his best interests in mind and came from England to help.
R&G take the side of the king and queen instead of helping Hamlet. They’re supposed to be Hamlet’s friends but they have ulterior motives.
Polonius and Ophelia
Ophelia drops all feelings for Hamlet and starts ignoring him because her father tells her to.
Polonius disregards her emotions for his personal agenda.
Polonius is looking out for Ophelia’s best interest when he tells her not to see Hamlet anymore.
Laertes and Ophelia
Laertes was loving in a parental way toward Ophelia.
She idolizes and listens to what he has to say.
Laertes thinks he needs to watch over her and protects her.
St. Rosemary Educational Institution. "Hamlet Character Relationships." http://schoolworkhelper.net/. St. Rosemary Educational Institution, Last Update: 2016. Web. Retrieved on: Tuesday 18th October 2016. http://schoolworkhelper.net/hamlet-character-relationships/.