Family in Hamlet

Topics: Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude, Hamlet Pages: 2 (749 words) Published: March 28, 2014
Claudius: “But now, my cousin Hamlet and my son,”

Hamlet: [Aside] “A little more than kin, and less than kind” Claudius: “How is it that the clouds still hang on you?

” Hamlet: “Not so, my lord; I am too much i' the sun.”

Gertrude: “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off”. (1.2.66-70) Hamlet's continued mourning while Claudius is needfully desirous that Hamlet stop mourning his father's death and start celebrating his mother's new husband, the country's new King and his own new father. “Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, 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. But to perserver in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness; 'tis unmanly grief" (1.2.89-96) Claudius telling Hamlet he is just being stubborn and should get over his father as it has been a month and the time for mourning has passed. “A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she follow'd my poor father's body,
Like Niobe, all tears:--why she, even she--
O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason,
Would have mourn'd longer--married with my uncle,
My father's brother, but no more like my father
Than I to Hercules” (1.2.151-158) Hamlet is frustrated with his mother and her lack of mourning for his father after his funeral. She had married Hamlet’s uncle less than a month after the funeral. Hamlet is disgusted and compares Claudius as being as much like his father as he to Hercules. “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.” (1.2.161-164) Hamlet not only takes issue with his mother's quick remarriage after his father's death, he's also and accuses Gertrude of being guilty of "incest." The death of his father and marriage of his uncle were so close that the sheets...
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