Does Hamlet really hate his mother?

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Hamlet is tumultuous in his feelings towards his mother.  He resents her for marrying Claudius and so soon after King Hamlet's death.  He displays anger with her actions in his treatment of her after the performance of The Mousetrap ("Mother, you have my father much offended"). Yet, in Act V, when he sees her swoon after drinking the poisoned wine, Hamlet attacks Claudius and avenges her death. 

His hatred is directly related to her actions; he appears to love her as a son should love his mother.  Her actions have angered and confused him, but Hamlet ultimately reveals a son's love for his mother when he kills Claudius.

Hamlet is conflicted. It is clear that they cared about each other prior to Gertrude 's remarriage--she worries about his depression, and he worries about her lack of it. But though...

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