Hamlet Oral Presentation

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Danielle M. Henak First Year Seminar II Jamie Hutchinson February 7, 2008 Hamlet and Psychoanalytic Interpretation Introduction: Hamlet accuses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of trying to “pluck out the heart of [his] mystery” (III.2.355) and thus, informs them that he does not want to be psychoanalyzed. If Hamlet does not wish to be analyzed, why do so many people feel the need to psychoanalyze him. In his article, “Hamlet and the Trauma Doctors: An Essay at Interpretation”, Bennett Simon suggests that everyone does it for personal gain, but perhaps there is something else there. I. Past Psychoanalyst Theories A. Restoration and mid-Eighteenth Century 1. Straightforward Character 2. Plan then action at the precise moment 3. Reason: Turbulent culture due to overthrow and restoration of English monarchy. Need for normality. B. Nineteenth Century 1. Hamlet=hesitator 2. Romanticized, too much thought caused little action 3. Reason: Many critics of the time were political quietists and related Hamlet to
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