The nature of his grief is soon revealed to the audience. Although the death of his father has left him feeling depressed and sad, it is in fact that his mother, Gertrude, had married his Uncle at an “oh most wicked speed” (I,ii,156). The memory of his mother and father’s relationship is almost too painful for him to bear, knowing that his mother is marrying Claudius. However, he goes on to explain how perfect their match was. He further praises his father by admiring how he treated his wife by not letting the “winds of heaven / Visit her face too roughly” (I,ii,141-142). Hamlet also explains that his mother loved his father equally well. This explains why he found it very difficult to understand the idea that she has married in a short time span.
Not only does he praise his father, but he puts down his uncle and compares him to his father. He describes his uncle as “no more like my father / Than I to Hercules” (I,ii,152-153). In those lines, he also compares himself to Hercules and it is evident that Hamlet does not think much of himself; he certainly does not think that he comes close to being anything like Hercules.
Throughout this passage, Shakespeare cleverly uses language to create an initial impression of how Hamlet views the situation in Denmark and gives the audience a brief introduction to the philosophical debate on life and death that will be an ongoing theme in the play. It creates a rather pensive and intense atmosphere that will continue to develop as the play matures.