Essay Archive - Hamlet: Betrayed By His Mother and His Helplessness
Hamlet: Betrayed By His Mother and His Helplessness
In Act I scene II of Hamlet, the leading character says, "O that this too, too sullied flesh would melt." (I ii 133) In some manuscripts, however, the word "solid" is written as "sullied." Experts disagree on what word is better. I think "sullied" is the right word in this sentence. "Sullied" means made dirty. This makes sense because his mother married his uncle so quickly without sufficient mourning. Hamlet felt betrayed by his mother and felt guilty about his own helplessness.
Hamlet is emotionally hurt by his motherís quick new marriage right ....