Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,
She married.” (I, ii, 153-56)
Not even two months has passed by since the death of his father Old Hamlet, and Gertrude has got married again. Hamlet’s speech is packed with disappointment and sadness. Gertrude has weakened her bonds with young Hamlet, and even her credibility, by marring the brother of her dead husband. The thing that really hurts Hamlet, is the short period of time that took Gertrude to get over his father’s death. He believes that “a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer!”(I, ii, 150-151). Keeping in mind that animals are living beings that lack of emotions, and act by instinct instead, Hamlet thinks that even they are more sensitive and have deeper emotions than Gertrude. This lines show for the first time the theory of Hamlet, which states that women easily yield to temptations and even more easily are conquered by their passions. Gertrude is characterized by being morally weak. Contrary to the queen, Ophelia is emotionally weak. In...