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Modern folklore suggests women look at a mans relationship with his mother to predict how they will treat other women in their life Hamlet is a good example of a sons treatment of his mother reflecting how he will treat the woman he loves because when considering Hamlets attitude and treatment of the Ophelia in William Shakespeares play Hamlet one must first consider how Hamlet treated his mother A characteristic of Hamlets personality is to make broad sweeping generalizations and nowhere is this more evident than in his treatment toward women Very early in the play while discussing his mothers transgressions he comments Frailty thy name is woman Hoy 11 Hamlet appears to believe all women act in the same manner as his mother The first time the audience meets Hamlet he is angry and upset at Queen Gertrude his mother for remarrying his uncle so soon after the death of his father In his first soliloquy he comments on the speed of her remarriage 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 It is not nor it cannot come to good Hoy 11 It is understandable Hamlet is upset with his mother for forgetting about his father and marrying his uncle Claudius In Hamlets eyes his father deserves more than one month of mourning and by remarrying so quickly the queen has sullied King Hamlets memory This remarriage is a sin and illegal however special dispensation was made because she is queen Hamlets opinion of
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