Hamlet's Oedipal Complex With Gertrude And The Question Of Whether Or Not He Was Really Insane Or Just Feigning It All Along.

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Michelle HebertEnglish 20311/11/03Hamlet, the Ultimate Mama's BoyHamlet 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 to the world from university in Wittenburg. Hamlet in this point of the play is a "Renaissance" man, who has never really come in contact with the dark side of humanity. In the very beginning of Act 1 scene 1 the guards dialogue reflects that "there is something 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 can not 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 evil about him (Lidz, 73).We clearly see that Hamlet is quite upset by his mother's quite hasty marriage to his uncle, and this causes some deep seeded emotional problems for Hamlet. I can not talk about 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 (Leavenworth, 34).First I will 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. Hamlet suffered from an Oedipus complex. Freud described this as a desire for a young boy to kill his father and become sexually involved with his mother. Now that Hamlet's father is eliminated, he believes that he willbe the number one person receiving affection from his mother, Queen Gertrude (Lidz, 48). This is the principal reason of why, even though Hamlet should have grown out of the Oedipal, it gets reawakened (Lidz, 48). But to Hamlet's great disappointment his mother has remarried and he will not be the number one person to receive his mother's affection and his superego is damaged (Leavenworth, 95). He feels like his mother has betrayed him by marrying and to boot that she married with great haste. It is this anger that gets held inside of Hamlet and he releases it by way of lashing out at Ophelia and his mother. While this anger is still brewing inside of Hamlet, he is truly mad until it is released 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 cradle Hamlet and take care of hisneeds. I think that Hamlet also needed the comfort of a loving mother badly because he returns home to find his father dead and the world he once thought...

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