|Hamlet is not only suicidal, he is also angry. His anger is directed towards his mother, who married his uncle, his father's brother. He is confused since he
remembers how devoted his mother was to his father and how quick she was to take a new husband. Hamlet supports his feelings when he states, "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".
Hamlet is heartbroken over the sudden death of his father, which is
understandable, but added to this is the marriage of his mother to his
uncle in the scant time which is unacceptable to him. Hamlet is so
distraught that he is in a state of total shock and grief, and the
appearance of his father's ghost does bring him some comfort. However,
Hamlet's anger is manifested at the realization that his father did not
die a natural death but was murdered. Even though his father's ghost
gives Hamlet some relief he feels that the ghost could be the work of
|This answer from a student in 1999 was not preserved
when the forum on Hamlet was reconstituted in 2004 because better
answers were already resubmitted to the new forum.
This student does quote once and paraphrases Hamlet's feelings about
the untimeliness of his mother's re-marriage. But the writing
style is rather ordinary and the second paragraph gives more claims than
details to support those claims.
So the sample answer at the left is not only shorter than the others
linked from the left column but also more vague.
Considering style, mix of claims and evidence, and organization, is
Ruben's answer somewhat better than Kari's and Dawn's?