Hamlet and his mother

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Hamlet and his mother

In Shakespeare ¡ ¦s play of Hamlet, we are under the impression that Hamlet is emotionally suffering with his troubled relationship with his mother, Gertrude. His relationship with Gertrude clearly inhibits him at various points in the play, and exhibits a variety of emotions. This is evidenced by, among other things his false sense of womanhood in the play. Hamlet views his mother as both weak and false, as a consequence, other aspect of Hamlet ¡ ¦s psychology are affected, namely his inability to act on his father ¡ ¦s death.

Hamlet ¡ ¦s view of his mother is first presented in his soliloquy immediately following his conservation with Claudius and Gertrude. In the scene, Hamlet discusses the view of his mother ¡ ¦s behavior following his father ¡ ¦s death. He says

as if increase of appetite of had grown

By what if fed on/ and yet within a month ¡

This seems to suggest that the more Gertrude was with Hamlet ¡ ¦s father, the more her desire grew on him. In essence, Hamlet is saying that Gertrude ¡ ¦s behavior with regard to his father was false because she abandoned his father ¡ ¦s memory so quickly.

In addition to his view that Gertrude is false, Hamlet also views his mother as weak. Indeed, he even claims, ¡ §frailty, thy name is woman in reference to his description of his mother ¡ ¦s behavior. Hamlet also makes constant reference to the speed at which Gertrude the memory of his father and married Claudius. He says:

¡ §Within a month, Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears

Had left the flushing in her galled eyes

She married. O most wicked speed, to post

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets !

By making reference to the ¡ §wicked speed ¡ of which Gertrude abandoned his fat... Continue Reading