Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2

Hamlet is upset for two reasons. What are they? 1. Hamlet is upset because his father died.2. Hamlet is also upset because his mother married his Uncle very quickly after his father died, less than a month.
Why did Hamlet not become king after his father died? Hamlet was at school when his father died and Claudius convinced the council. Also not mentally stable.
what is your opinion of the marriage of Gertrude and Claudius? Consider the customs of the time. Suspicious because her husband died not even two months after.
Describe Claudius’ personality and attitude. Claudius seems to be one who doesn’t care much about anything but having the power, Hamlet wants to go back to school but he doesn’t want him to, arrogant, manipulative, snobby, wants to take over the kingdom, does not seem to care that Hamlet’s father has passed away because everybody has a father passes away.
How does Hamlet describe his father? As a man, the best king, God of light, had a very good relationship with his father, had nothing but respect for the man.
What are Hamlet’s feelings about his mother and new father Claudius? Consider this line “Frailty, the name is woman!” Hamlet is not happy whatsoever with the new marriage. He speaks of how it has been such a short time period since his father’s funeral and how his mother jumped at the chance to marry his uncle when she used to hang on his father constantly. Hamlet states that his mother was lustful and weak for remarrying so quickly.
Explain Hamlet’s state of mind. Consider the following quote:”O, that this too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!” Hamlet clearly doesn’t seem very stable right now with all the big news and he is very depressed. He wants to commit suicide but he knows God would not approve.
What does the King Claudius want Hamlet to do? Why does Hamlet give up his plan to return to Wittenberg (school) so easily? King Claudius does not want Hamlet to return to school so that he could keep an eye on Hamlet. Hamlet agrees because he wants to obey his mother.

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