"Hamlet" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Hamlet is the protagonist of the play and is portrayed as a very emotional, daring, brave character who sometimes presents a side of himself which seems to show strong hatred and extreme violence.
Hamlet is a very emotional young man. As we all know, his father's death was a shock for him and he could not get over it. Claudius mentions that Hamlet was taking the mourning of his father's death to extremes:.
"To give these mourning duties to your father. .
But you must know your father lost a father, .
That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound .
In filial obligation for some term .
To do obsequious sorrow." (I, ii, 88-92).
The King is telling Hamlet that death is only natural and that Hamlet's father lost his father too. He is informing Hamlet that he is mourning too much for his deceased father and he should try to get over it. Throughout the play Hamlet allows his emotions to get the best of him. Many times he criticizes himself asking how he could allow for his father's brother to murder him (the former King Hamlet), marry his wife, and rename himself as the new king of Denmark. Hamlet's powerful emotions are strongly visible in his first soliloquy:.
".She married. O, most wicked speed, to post .
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! .
It is not, nor it cannot come to good. .
But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue." (I, ii, 156-159).
He is telling us that his mother has married right away and did not mourn for his father's death. He tells us that the marriage between Gertrude and Claudius is not and will not come to any good. He wants to express his true feelings to his mother, but because he feels that it will hurt her he remains silent. This decision shows us that he has a great and deep love for his mother. He will not say or do anything to hurt her, even though he feels that what she is doing is wrong.