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What attitude dominates Hamlet's personality in Act I, Scene 2?

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nlang07 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 13, 2007 at 10:52 AM via web

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What attitude dominates Hamlet's personality in Act I, Scene 2?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 13, 2007 at 11:04 AM (Answer #1)

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This is the scene in which Claudius announces his marriage to Gertrude.  Hamlet can best be described as grumpy in this scene.  He is bitter about his mother's quick marriage.  He feels she has betrayed his father and he doesn't trust Claudius.  He is despondent, feeling that he is alone in the world.  Hamlet's "asides" - his muttered comments to himself - show how bitter he is.  He criticizes Claudius, calling him:

"A little more than kin, and less than kind."

He challenges his mother outright, insisting his feelings are strong and valid:

"Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not seems."

When they are gone, he wishes for release from his pain:

"O, that this too too solid flesh would melt!"

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