Shakespeare's Hamlet

"Tis brief, my lord" "As woman's love"

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet contains a large amount of inner turmoil. Specifically, when he and Ophelia are standing in a hall in the castle just before his play "The Mouse Trap" is to begin, the prologue begins and Hamlet replies to Ophelia's statement of "Tis brief, my lord" (describing the prologue itself) with "As woman's love" (Act II Scene II Line 148). The tone of this entire conversation is rather angry as Hamlet is at this point, so disgusted with his mother's behavior in marrying his uncle so soon after his father's death that he is completely apalled at the thought of any kind of marriage. This causes him anxiety because he loves Ophelia, but he just cannot get over what his mother has done and so he takes out his anger on her.