Essay on Psychoanalytic Analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet

1330 Words Jun 8th, 2005 6 Pages
If one wants to truly understand the psychological implications of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the primary focus should be on the character Hamlet, and how he develops and modifies throughout the play. Using the fundamentals of the psychoanalytic perspective of critical evaluation, one would be able to truly identify and explore the true nature of Hamlet, and the effects that his character has on the situation surrounding him. In order to gain a true understanding of most of the detail that is implied through Hamlet's way of portraying himself to others, it is vital to look deep into the actions that are carried out, and analyze them psychoanalytically.
Many have already written works that evaluate the play using this method, and one
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But, there is other evidence that may lead one to think about whether or not Hamlet may have actually been slightly mad. For instance, it strikes one as odd that Hamlet waits so long, and goes through so much trouble in order to kill King Claudius. Hamlet was struggling with himself, debating when to avenge his father's death, though he had several opportunities, such as the time he found Claudius alone praying. He considers doing it at that time, recognizing it as a good oppritunity, but then finds reason to wait.
"Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; And now I'll do't;—and so he goes to heaven; and so am I reveng'd.—that would be scann'd: A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven." (Hamlet)
Had Hamlet really been mentally sound, he might have acted right away, killing the king. Instead he exhibits a great deal of internal conflict because he's desperate to make his move, but believes that in this situation, killing the king would actually a blessing to him, rather than the punishment that Hamlet feels her deserves.
One of the most valuable insights into whether or not Hamlet has actually gone mad comes with Shakespeare's presentation of the ghost of Hamlet's father. This is a part of the play that has been fuel for debate between critics and readers alike. Some believe that it is the ghost of Hamlet's father that "brought forth the urge for vengeance within Hamlet" (Paredes) while others

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