The Oedipal Complex in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' Analytical Essay by thingone

The Oedipal Complex in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
Examines the relationship between Hamlet and his mother and the elements of the Oedipal complex evident in Hamlet's behavior.
# 1627 | 1,490 words | 6 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper defines the Oedipal Complex and show how it emerges as a theme in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', through the relationship of Hamlet and Gertrude, his mother. The closet theme is shown as a major scene that reflects their relationship, as well as other scenes which show Hamlet's anguish at being replaced in his mother's affection by another man.

From the Paper:

"A young boy suffering from the Oedipal Complex has sexual desires for his mother and aggressive feelings toward his father. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the object of Hamlet's Oedipal Complex, Gertrude, follows the criteria of this theory. Although Hamlet outwardly disapproves of his mother's marriage, Gertrude constantly expresses her undying affection for her son. The Closet Scene, in addition to revealing the Oedipal Complex, best exemplifies the conflict in Hamlet's relationship with his mother. "

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