Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet went through various emotional states because of different unfortunatecircumstances that confronted him. Yet Hamlet never went so far over 'the edge' so as tonot come back from reality, yet for reasons psychological, he procrastinated actions thathe should have taken, until it was too late. I will first discuss Hamlet, the origins for hisqueer behavior and if it twas feigned or not.In the first act we see that Hamlet is a sort of idealistic man coming back tothe world from university in Wittenburg. Coleridge described Hamlet in this point of theplay as a 'Renaissance' man, who has never really come in contact with the dark side ofhumanity. In the very beginning of Act 1 scene i the guards dialog reflect that 'there issomething rotten in the state of Denmark'. It is full of corruption, deceit, passion,ruthlessness, and ambition that Hamlet is not used to (Lidz, 71). His mind temporarily cannot handle his situation because, as I will mention later, his mother is at the center of it.He has to try to find meaning, direction and a stable identity in the midst of all the evilabout him (Lidz, 73).We clearly see that Hamlet is quite upset by his mother's quite hasty marriage to isuncle, and this causes some deep seeded emotional problems for Hamlet. I can not talkabout Hamlet's emotional state without also going into the fact that Hamlet alreadysuspects the King of killing his father, before the ghost tells him so (Leavenwoth, 34).First I will go elaborate on how Hamlet, at certain times, was clearly not feigninginsanity, but that insanity only lasted for brief periods of time because of the emotionalblows that Hamlet undergoes.I and many literary folk believe that Hamlet suffered from a Oedipus complex.Freud described this as a desire for a young boy to kill his father and become sexuallyinvolved with his mother. Now that Hamlet's father is eliminated, he believes that he willnow be the number one2person receiving affection from his mother, Queen Gertrude (Lidz, 48). This is theprincipal reason of why even though Hamlet should have grown out of the Oedipal, it getsreawakened (Lidz, 48). But, to Hamlet's great disappointment his mother has remarriedand he will not be the number one person to receive his mother's affection and hissuperego is greatly damaged (Leavenworth, 95). He feels like his mother has betrayedhim in, by marrying, and to boot that she married with great haste. It is this anger that getspent-up inside of Hamlet and he releases it by way of lashing out at Ophelia and hismother. However, while this anger is still brewing inside him he is truly mad until it isreleased by some cleansing means (Babcock, 112).It can be clearly stated that Hamlet really is in love with his mother, and expectsher to be a supporting mother figure that is going to cradled Hamlet and take care of hisneeds, basically mother Hamlet. I think that Hamlet also needed the comfort of a lovingmother badly because he returns home to find his father dead and the world...

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