The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

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The tragedy of Hamlet
Hamlet, a play by William Shakespeare, unfolds as a drama inclined on retribution (Shakespeare, 1996, p. 342). In the first Acts of the play, Hamlet, the main protagonist, learns that Claudius was the perpetrator behind his father’s murder. Shakespeare gives a vivid description of Hamlet’s encounter with his father’s ghost (Shakespeare, 1996, p. 367). It is in the course of this encounter that Hamlet discovers that his uncle had murdered his father. Claudius had not only killed Hamlet’s father, he had also taken over power as the king and married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. In anger, Hamlet swore to take vengeance against Claudius. Later in the play, it is seen that Hamlet is incapable of taking vengeance. In Act 3 (scene iii), Hamlet is incapable of mustering the courage to kill Claudius (Shakespeare, 1996, p. 387). Overtime, critical analyses of Shakespeare’s plays have tried to assess Hamlet’s hesitation to kill Claudius. The analyses explain Hamlet’s behavior through the integration of Freudian psychoanalysis.
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The essay will analyze Act 3 (scene III), after which, it will illuminate Hamlet’s character and state of mind. Furthermore, the essay will evaluate the Freudian Oedipus complex model. The Oedipus complex will then be related to Hamlet. The complex will try to provide a convectional justification for Hamlet’s behavior, character, and state of mind.
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