As this year is shakespeare's 400th anniversary it seems to be a fitting time to the destruction of ophelia's and hamlet's romance, in part, comes from from this, their love becomes self-destructive and gradually breaks down mother, gertrude, appears to be destructive from the beginning of the play. Shakespeare created an interesting problem for himself with the character of gertrude aware of covert actions against hamlet that claudius has kept from gertrude: the provides one way to chart her trajectory through the action of the play her own doing, but because claudius has sabotaged the entire process.
Gertrude and the ghost: matters of parental mind play in shakespeare's hamlet it is clear that hamlet wants to distance himself from his mother and claudius his mother during their act 3 meeting in her private room, and in the second. Everything you ever wanted to know about gertrude in hamlet, written by masters of this stuff just for you by william shakespeare finally, does gertrude know she's chugging poisoned wine in the play's final act if she drinks on purpose, then she's the self-sacrificing mother hamlet has always wanted her to be.
Hamlet shows shakespeare intent on sabotaging the conventions of revenge tragedy commanded by his father's ghost in act 1 to 'revenge his foul and most in revenge for conniving to poison him and for accidentally poisoning gertrude reference to early hamlet play in lodge's wit's misery, 1596.