Hamlet I.Ii 129-159 Essays
Hamlet begins the passage by cursing himself for what is happening around him. He wishes that he did not exist any longer. He desires that he did not have to live in a world that would allow what is happening around him to occur. He craves for his body to dissolve into nothing, wishing that he could will his body to “thaw and resolve itself into dew”. But since he cannot melt, he would consider suicide if God “the Everlasting” were not so against the notion. His belief is that God has his …show more content…
Hamlet regards Gertrude’s actions as frailty. Her actions laying evidence that she was not strong enough to deal with the situation and thus turned to another as quickly as a page in a book. Hamlet hates her for so dishonoring his father’s memory so soon after his death. Thus Hamlet forms the hypothesis and in a generalization concludes by the previous that all women are thus frail and so “Frailty, thy name is woman”.
Hamlet deems his mother to be “Like Niobe, all tears”. The allusion to Niobe referring to a Greek myth wherein Niobe was truly the happiest of mothers because of all her wonderful children and she would have remained so if only she had not claimed it so audaciously. The gods had warned all presumptuous mortals not to compare themselves with the divinities, so the gods took everything away from her, including sons, daughters, and husband. She was torrid with grief and somehow she was changed to stone, yet tears continued to flow. Her statue being a mass of rock from which a stream flows, the tribute of her never-ending grief.
Hamlet compares his mother’s period