Hamlet and His Mommy
A comparison of Shakespeare's Hamlet's relationship with this mother to the well-known Oedipal Complex theories of Sophocles and Freud.
# 6578 | 1,675 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , English (Analysis)
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This paper uses outside critical sources to point out areas within "Hamlet" that liken the main character, Hamlet, to Sophocles' Oedipus. This comparison is made by exploring his relationship to his mother. Also, throughout the paper not only is Hamlet's Oedipus Complex being explored but so are the effects of its presence in Shakespeare's play.
From the Paper:"Hamlet a play written by William Shakespeare is the tragic story of a prince from Denmark by the same name. Hamlet as a young adult has had to deal with the sudden death of his father at the hands of his uncle Claudius, unbeknownst to everyone but himself, and his mother's swift marriage to the same uncle. One can easily see how either one of these events can cause distress in a young man's life. However, in Hamlet's case, "distress" does not even begin to describe how he feels. Not only is Hamlet coming to terms with his father's murder and mother's remarriage he is seemingly madly in love with Ophelia and also dealing with strong sexual feelings for his mother which have been repressed. Many critics have likened Hamlet to Sophocles' Oedipus in this respect and claim that it is this, as Freud calls it "oedipal complex" that feeds into Hamlet's ravenous hunger for revenge towards his uncle and causes him to feign madness and even turn on Ophelia, causing her own emotional breakdown and suicide."
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