After reading Act I of Hamlet, I felt sympathy for Hamlet. Hamlet has many crosses to bear dealing with his dysfunctional family. Hamlet reveals the sadness he feels for his father's death and the shame of his mother's hasty marriage to his uncle. His father's death is difficult for him as he is badgered by his mother to accept Claudius. Claudius also makes the situation difficult as he chastises Hamlet for his sullen behavior stating “In obstinate condolement is a course/Of impious stubbornness, 'tis unmanly grief/ It shows a will most incorrect to heaven” (1.2.93-95). Claudius seems to want to make Hamlet feel guilty for his behavior rather than to offer sympathy or even remorse for his own actions.
Hamlet must deal with the embarrassment of his mother being with his uncle which I'm not sure is so odd for the time especially as we have seen some interesting unions between couples in the plays we have read so far. In Hamlet, the thought of the mother and uncle is so unimaginable to Hamlet that he really doesn't know how to deal with it. He remarks “But two months dead—nay, not so much, not two--” (1.2.138) and “She married. O most wicked speed, to post/With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” (1.2.156-157). Both of his comments reveal the shame feels for his mother's actions because she didn't even give his father's death the respect it deserved. Hamlet is so full of questions regarding his mother especially because her loyalties have shifted away from his father and even him in so quickly. I wonder why she married the uncle so quickly too. Was it a secret affair or did she just want to keep a title? I guess I will see if it is revealed as I continue to read the play.
I find Hamlet to be a dynamic character with many layers of emotions. He definitely has a score to settle for all he has to endure. As he meets the ghost of his father it adds another layer to the plot and it reveals that deceit is all around him. As a loyal son it is his duty to avenge his father's death. Hopefully mentally he can handle all that is happening around him.