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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 Act 1 scene i the guards dialog reflect 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 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 disappointment his mother has remarried
and he will not be the number one person to receive his mother's affection and his
superego is greatly damaged (Leavenworth, 95). He feels like his mother has betrayed
him in, by marrying, and to boot that she married with great haste. It is this anger that gets
pent-up inside of Hamlet and he releases it by way of lashing out at Ophelia and his
mother. However, while this anger is still brewing inside him 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 expects
her to be a supporting mother figure that is going to cradled Hamlet and take care of his
needs, basically mother Hamlet. 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 would be so perfect, collapsing around him and the only thing that can make him
feel truly safe and out of harm's way is his mother. That yearning and extreme need for the
comfort of his mother is a pivotal point of why Hamlet feels betrayed by his mother, when
she can not afford him the love he expects.
Besides Hamlet's desire to find comfort in his mother, it is evident that he is
sexually attracted to his mother in a sexual 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
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 through the duration of the play. Even though is seems
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