Hamlet Analysis

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By: Oliver Scott Hamlet Analysis According to the philosophy of the father of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud, buried in the sub-conscious of every individual, there lurks an innate desire to establish a sexual relationship with one’s parent of the opposite gender; making an enemy of the same-sexed parent in the process. In Shakespeare’s universally renowned play, “Hamlet”, the reader follows the downward spiral of the plays tragic hero, Hamlet; as well as myriad of problems that plague the government of Denmark from both inside and out. Pivotal in aiding with the self-destruction of this young Prince is his complex Oedipal style relationship with his mother Gertrude. The stress resulting from such a strained relationship undoubtedly takes a toll on the mental health of Hamlet; eventually pushing him to the brink of insanity. Within the opening pages of the play an immediate sense of disappointment arises in Hamlet due to the actions of taken by Gertrude regarding the death of his father and the immediacy of her marriage to Claudius. This dissatisfaction looms in the very first scene involving these three characters, and Hamlets soliloquy which immediately follows. In the discussion between Hamlet, Gertrude, and Claudius; the King and Queen voice their concerns over Hamlet’s well being due to his increasingly sullen attitude, which Gertrude along with Claudius misinterpret for mourning over his father’s death. The true origins of his depression however, lay in his distaste for Gertrude’s seemingly immediate recovery and remarriage after Hamlet Senior’s death. This concept is hinted to the reader through Hamlet’s response to Gertrude saying, “Though Know’st ‘tis common. All that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.” (Shakespeare 22) by replying, “Ay, madam, it is common.” (Shakespeare 22). This short exchange is a quick way of

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