Psychoanalytic Criticism Of Hamlet

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A Psychoanalytical criticism on How Hamlet’s Character is affected by Actions the Play
In William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” there are many different events throughout the play that affect and shape the main character Hamlet. The biggest event being when Hamlet meets the ghost of his father, the king, who then proceeds to tell him that his uncle murdered him. This event will lead Hamlet to madness with sanity while plotting his revenge on his uncle which will ultimately end in his, his uncle and several other’s deaths at the end of the play.
The first time we see Hamlet appear in the play is in Act 1 Scene 2. He is shown as unhappy and brooding while everyone else is celebrating. This is because of two major events that have happened.
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The actual meaning for antic disposition is a frivolous or deliberate playfulness but in the play it is seen more as a bizarre madness. In the academic journal “To Thine Own Self be True” Country Price talks about how one of the most obvious juxtapositions in Hamlet is the one between sanity and madness. “…One may presume that what Hamlet says and does is an act, but as the play progresses it becomes unclear whether Hamlet has maintained his sense of inner sanity or whether he has become as mad as he pretends to be.” (Price…show more content…
In “Tragic Flaw in Shakespeare’s Hamlet”, P Indira Devi states “His (Hamlet) tragic flaw is ‘procrastination’... Hamlet is well aware of his fatal flaw. His continuous awareness and doubt delay him in performing the needed act.” (Devi 95). Others would like to believe it is because Hamlet is a thinker and not someone who usually takes action. In a study called “True Hamlet” Oana TATU says “He (Hamlet), the thinker, is required to take action; not any kind of action, but the action of avenging a dead king/father, an action that is objectively evil.” (TATU