Is Hamlet's View Of His Father A Believable One?

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Is Hamlet's View Of His Father A Believable One?

In this essay I am going to explore Hamlet's view of his father and see if it is a believable one. In the play we learn that Hamlet loved his father and felt great grief when he died. Hamlet has always had a very high opinion of his father and because his mother married again so quickly Hamlet only has his step-dad Claudius to compare his father to.

He hates Claudius so much because he has taken his father's place in his mother's affections. Because of the death of hamlet's father and his mother re-marrying so quickly Hamlet feels he has a lot to grieve about. Hamlet feels that everyone else has forgotten about the death of his father but some might argue that they have faced facts and moved on. Evidence for this is when the king says

How is it that the clouds still hang

on you.

He is saying that clouds in general can be dark and dull and he says they are hanging over Hamlet because of his emotions and the way he acts. It's not the King that has moved on, the Queen has to and she thinks Hamlet should move on by telling him everyone dies sometime. Hamlet's appearance the clothes he wears and the way he dresses shows to the world how upset he is. Everyday he will wear only his "inky cloak" and everyone around him feels he has gone to far. He picks up on the word "seems" and makes it clear that he is not pretending as actors do but has

that within which passes show

Some people appear to be different from what is happening inside them. Claudius tries to diminish Hamlet's grief by using the speech everyone loses their...