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Hamlet and His Mother Andrew Wu In Shakespeares 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 Hamlets psychology are affected namely his inability to act on his fathers death Hamlets 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 mothers behavior following his fathers death He says Why she would hang on him 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 Hamlets father the more her desire grew on him In essence Hamlet is saying that Gertrudes behavior with regard to his father was false because she abandoned his fathers 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 mothers 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 father Hamlet is really commenting on how quickly Claudius was
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