Why is Hamlet so upset about his mother's marriage in act 2, and how might the marriage be interpreted as the cause for Hamlet's despair?

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Hamlet is upset about his mother's marriage for two reasons. First, she remarried incredibly quickly after his father's sudden death. This makes it seem as though she did not love him with any degree of constancy; her love must have been slight, indeed, to forget it so soon after her husband's death. Second, Hamlet is upset because she married his uncle, his father's brother, and Hamlet feels that his father was incredibly superior to this brother in just about every way. When he is alone, after having spoken with his mother and stepfather/uncle, Hamlet says,

But two months dead—nay, not so much, not two.
So excellent a kin, 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!—

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