How Is Hamlet Represented In Act 1

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Hamlet is a play based in Denmark. It is about a young man, Hamlet, whose father, the King, dies and his mother marries the King’s brother, who is the new King. There are a number of different ways that Hamlet shows his emotions and feelings about this marriage and how he presents himself in Act 1. Firstly, Hamlet feels angered by his Mother’s reaction to his Father’s death. Gertrude reacts as though she must get on with her life and she has a very relaxed attitude about the whole affair. We know this because in Act 1 Scene 2 she says “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy veiled lids seek for thy noble father in the dust: Thou know’st is common; all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity”. This means that The Queen is telling Hamlet that he should get on with his life and must accept his Father’s death. It also says that he should look to Claudius as a father figure. This upsets Hamlet further. Secondly, he feels that he and his father have been betrayed by his mother. This is because she has married Claudius and he therefore feels that his mother did not love his father and got over him too quickly. We know this because in Act 1 Scene 2, Hamlet says “Heaven and earth! Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him, as if increase of appetite had grown by what it fed on; and yet, within a month, let me not think on’t: Frailty, thy name is woman”. This means that Hamlet remembers how in love his Mother was with his father and he is confused as to why she has re-married so quickly. He comes to the conclusion that women are imperfect. Another way Hamlet is presented in Act 1 is the way he shoulders responsibility for things. We know this because in Act 1 Scene 5, Hamlet says “Oh cursed spite! That ever I was born to set it right”. This means that

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