hour College English
Throughout William Shakespeare’s, “
,” it has been thought that the
protagonist struggled with incestuous thoughts of his own mother, Gertrude.
Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet, was murdered just two months prior to his mother’s
marriage to his uncle, Claudius. Hamlet was openly upset with his mother for
deceiving his father and his anger was rendered into hate for the very woman
that bore him. When his father’s ghost appeared, Hamlet learned of his Uncle
Claudius’ treacherous act of murder. Due to his profuse greed, Claudius
murdered King Hamlet, married his wife and caused Hamlet’s ultimate insanity
and hate for his mother.
Hamlet’s insanity was provoked by the death of his
father, his mother’s marriage to Claudius and her blatant betrayal of her own
son. Hamlet’s hate has been misconstrued into an Oedipal complex, or deep lust
for his mother, but actors and critics have falsely portrayed this complex and the
lack of evidence is prevalent in Hamlet’s own words and actions.
If Hamlet did indeed have an Oedipus complex, he would have aggressive
and vile feelings towards his father, and maybe enough hate to kill him himself.
Hamlet’s devotion for his father was evident when his mother, Gertrude,
announced her marriage to Claudius and Hamlet stated, “O, most wicked speed,
to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it cannot come to
good; But break my heart, —for I must hold my tongue,” (Shakespeare 1992, Act