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Hamlet And Oedipus Complex Essay

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During Hamlet, William Shakespeare portrays Hamlet’s internal delusion that he is doing things for other reasons besides his long repressed Oedipus complex. Hamlet and Oedipus from Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, have surprising similarities which showcase Hamlet’s complex. ‘The Oedipus complex’ is a psychoanalytic theory which encompasses the idea of unconsciously desiring the parent of the opposite sex, while desiring to slay the parent of the same sex, which in Hamlet 's case would be Claudius. Hamlet does hold the desire for his mother, Gertrude, but Hamlet’s situation strays greatly from that of Oedipus; Hamlet does not fulfill his oedipal desires. Contrary to this fact, Hamlet is said to have one of the greatest Oedipus complexes.…show more content…
During this part in the play, Hamlet berates Ophelia by telling her, "Or if/ thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know/ well enough what monsters you make of them. To a /nunn 'ry, go, and quickly too" (3.1.136-139). At this part in the play, it is extremely challenging for Hamlet to distinguish between his mother and Ophelia. Do to this, making his true feelings for his mother become more dubious. Another thing is that when Hamlet 's father is murdered and his mother re-marries, the unconstrained idea of sexuality with his mother, concealed since conception, can no longer be hidden from his conscious mind. Emotions which were positive and pleasing at birth are now emotions of desire and disgust because of his repressions; Repression is the method by which objectionable material in the conscious part of the ego and superego is made unconscious. In the beginning of the play he becomes extremely scornful and condescending to his mother. "Seems, madam? Nay, it is, I know not "seems." (1.2.76). When Hamlet…show more content…
Knowing the truth makes Hamlet 's subconscious recognize that killing Claudius would be similar to killing himself. This is due to Hamlet realizing that Claudius ' actions of murdering his brother and marrying Hamlet 's mother, clone Hamlet 's inner unconscious desires. Hamlet 's unconscious fantasies have always been closely related to Claudius ' actions. All of Hamlet 's once concealed feelings seem to appear in spite of all of the "repressing forces," when he screams out, "Oh my prophetic soul!/ My uncle!" (1.5.40-41). Hamlet 's consciousness must deal with the dreadful truth. Therefore, when handling Claudius, Hamlet 's attitude becomes erratic as well as complex and intricate. The notion of death and sexuality are synonymous in this play. It is made painfully obvious that Hamlet despises his uncle, yet his disdain of Claudius comes from more of his jealousy than from anything else. The more Hamlet condemns Claudius, the more his unconscious feelings start to decipher. Hamlet is faced with a dilemma by recognizing the same feelings his uncle has towards his mother, even though he detests Claudius, and yet on the other hand, he feels the need to honor his father 's death. Hamlet is convinced of Claudius ' guilt, but his own guilt forbids him from completely eliminating his uncle. Hamlet is still attempting to "repress" his own sexual desires. It could be interpreted that
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