|Claudius and Gertrude||Gertrude is trusting of Claudius||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 behavior.|
|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 honorable 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 obeys 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||Trusting||Hamlet sends Horatio a letter telling him of his plan to come back.|
|Supportive||He helped Hamlet with his plans and gave Claudius the letter as he was instructed.|
|Loyalty||He offered to die with Hamlet even though Hamlet told him not to.|
|Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern||Distrusting||He suspects them of being in cahoots with the king and queen.|
|Caring||In the beginning, R&G did have his best interests in mind and came from England to help.|
|Disloyal||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||Submissive||Ophelia drops all feelings for Hamlet and starts ignoring him because her father tells her to.|
|Controlling||Polonius disregards her emotions for his personal agenda.|
|Caring||Polonius is looking out for Ophelia’s best interest when he tells her not to see Hamlet anymore.|
|Laertes and Ophelia||Loving||Laertes was loving in a parental way toward Ophelia.|
|Respect||She idolizes and listens to what he has to say.|
|Protective||Laertes thinks he needs to watch over her and protects her.|
Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Hamlet Character Relationships," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/hamlet-character-relationships/.
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