Throughout William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the title character is constantly commenting on the sexuality of both his mother and Ophelia. He begins by pointing out that his mother, Queen Gertrude, has barely mourned the death of her husband and his father, King Hamlet, before marrying the late king’s brother, Claudius. He comments, “Like Niobe, all tears, why she, even she-/O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason/ Would have mourned longer!” (1.2.149-151). Here Hamlet references Niobe, the goddess who wept for the murders of all of her children even after she was turned into a stone statue. Hamlet also suggests that a person not as sound of mind as his mother would have known to allot more time to mourn out of respect to his late father the King.
Hamlet’s considerations for the motivations of his mother Gertrude are somewhat one-dimensional. In his anger and hurt, he does not consider that his mother is unaware of the truth behind his father’s death, but decides ,regardless of her dangerous situation on the throne without a king named, that she is reacting inappropriately. Hamlet continues to criticize his mother, this time by discussing her sexuality. He states, “O most wicked speed, to post/ With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” (1.2.156-157). Hamlet immediately seeks to police his mother’s sexuality. In these examples, Hamlet neglects to identify his mother as a product of anything other than her sexual choices.
Hamlet personifies fortune when speaking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Act II when he refers to Fortune as a “strumpet” (2.2.231). Here, Hamlet could have stated that he mistrusts Fortune or find fault with Fortune, but why does she have to be a whore? Hamlet continues to find fault with women over their sexuality, and finds a way to bring it up (even in this case, in which no real woman is being referred to!).Hamlet’s obsession with sexuality is becoming more and more evident through his dialogue with other characters. In his interactions with Ophelia, to whom he first wrote to announce his feelings for her.