Look at the soliloquy below, in light of this knowledge justify his feelings and behaviour (Hamlet I, ii, 133-64)O that this too too solid flesh would melt,Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!Or...

Look at the soliloquy below, in light of this knowledge justify his feelings and behaviour (Hamlet I, ii, 133-64)

O that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on’t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!
But two months dead!—nay, not so much, not two:
So excellent a king; that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother,
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly. 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!— 
A little month; or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed 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 mine uncle,
My father’s brother; but no more like my father
Than I to Hercules: within a month;
Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,
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.

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In this soliloquy, Hamlet is thinking about his mother's actions following his father's death. He is both angered and confused by her new relationship with Claudius, his uncle.

In the beginning of the soliloquy, Hamlet begins contemplating the end of his own life.

"O that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!"

Hamlet's agitated state is illustrated by Shakespeare's use of hyphens and exclamation points throughout the soliloquy.

He states examples of decisions his mother made which he finds dishonorable:

"But two months dead!—nay, not so much, not two" This refers to Gertrude's marriage to Claudius in such a short time after the death of Hamlet's father.

"Frailty, thy name is woman!— 
A little month; or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed my poor father’s body
Like Niobe, all tears;—" This describes Gertrude's weakness in marrying Claudius... such a short time had passed that, Hamlet believes, the shoes she wore to her onetime husband's funeral were still new. He also discusses here how at the King's funeral, she was distraught and full of tears.

Hopefully this will give you direction in continuing to analyze the monologue.

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