Hamlet: Emotional States


Hamlet went through various emotional states because of different
unfortunate circumstances that confronted him. Yet Hamlet never went so far
over "the edge" so as to not come back from reality, yet for reasons
psychological, he procrastinated actions that he should have taken, until it was
too late. I will first discuss Hamlet, the origins for his queer 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. Coleridge described Hamlet in this
point of the play as a "Renaissance" man, who has never really come in contact
with the dark side of humanity. In the very beginning of ...

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hasty
marriage to is 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 already suspects 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 feigning insanity, but that insanity only
lasted for brief periods of time because of the emotional blows 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 sexually involved with his mother. Now that Hamlet's father is
eliminated, he believes that he will now be 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 ...

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fashion. Because of
some of Hamlet's actions in the "closet scene" it is first apparent that he is
making some sort of sexual advance towards his mother the Queen. This is where
Hamlet's Oedipus complex really bears itself completely, we know exactly what
Hamlet wants, but like in the rest of the play his words seem haphazard and
spurned on by disillusionment (Lidz, 130). He is here making an attempt to not
only regain the love of his mother, but a passion whose flames were ignited by
Gertrude's hasty marriage.
The dear and lovely Ophelia is another person who plays a pivotal part
in confusing Hamlet even more than he already is. Hamlet, me thinks, is truly
in love with Ophelia ...

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