Chastising Gertrude Analytical Essay by Joe K

Chastising Gertrude
An analysis of Act II, Scene 4 in Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
# 6791 | 915 words | 1 source | MLA | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper briefly looks at this section of the play and focuses on the speech given by Hamlet to his mother. It is from this speech that many people think Hamlet suffered an Oedipus complex. The writer states that this is not the case, but rather his loyalty for his father is still so strong, that the thought of his mother with any other man is adulterous. His seeming obsession with his mother?s sex life stems from the fact that adultery has to do with sex, not that he lusts after Gertrude.

From the Paper:

"The speech given by Hamlet to his mother in Act III, scene 4 enlightens the reader to a lot of what is in Hamlet's mind. Everyone had finished watching the performance of "The Mouse Trap" and Gertrude had summoned Hamlet to her chambers. Hamlet arrived and was in a rage. She thought that he was going to kill her and screamed for help. Polonius, hiding behind a wall covering yelled for help too. Hamlet, thinking that Polonius was the king, killed him. With that, Hamlet went on to give his speech."

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