Examples Of Incest In Hamlet

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What is Shakespeare trying to teach us about incest? In the book Hamlet it talks a bit about incest. Brother-in-law marrying his sister-in-law after his brother dies. Brother having incestuous desires over his sister. A son infatuated with his mother's sex life something no normal son will do; no son just sits there and thinks about his mom in bed sounds to me like he has incestuous desire over his mother? Let's take a look at the evidence I have acquired to support my claims.

In the book hamlet let's take Ophelia and Laertes for example these characters are brother and sister, to me I feel like there is some incestuous desires there from Laertes side there are some evidence in the book that can back up my claim some might think differently …show more content…

In scene IV, iii, 92-95 "nay, but to live in the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, stewed in corruption, honeying and making love over the nasty sty" he's talking about her sex life to some it may he's just saying it out of anger but I see it a gross and he imagines his mom in bed he has some desire some curiosity, be for real what son talks about his mom like that? Incest ones that’s who. In scene IV, iii, 168-171 he's telling his mom to not have sex with her husband so I'll make it easier for her to say no next time. My opinion why does a son care about who his mom is having sex with? It's not like she going around she's married, it seems to me that he comes off jealous because he has some lust for her, he's so obsessed with his mom's sex life yeah, she's married with his uncle, I mean to start talking about her sheets wet with "corruption" by the love they are making just think about that. "Mother, for the love of grace, lay not that flattering unction to your soul that’s not your trespass but my madness speaks, it will but skin and film the ulcerous place whilst rank corruption, mining all within infects unseen. Confess yourself to heaven" (III, iv, 146-151) Hamlet is showing resentment towards his mom …show more content…

(I, ii, 15) Shakespeare is trying to make it incest between this couple but in my opinion it's not. On a google search I searched up the word "incest" and the definition I found was "Sexual intercourse between persons too closely related that they are forbidden by law to marry; also: the statutory crime of such a relationship." I'm going based of on this search, and to me this is talking about blood family like dad and daughter etc. now Gertrude remarried her dead husband's brother, not her brother. She was only related to him by a piece of paper. There is no law saying you can't marry your brother's widow. Could it be both Hamlet and the Ghost called it incest because they were hurt about her unnatural marriage and they didn't know how to properly express their emotions so they go by insulting Claudius and Gertrude?

In conclusion, in the book Hamlet you can find a lot of "incestuous desires" Shakespeare has shown it in brother to sister, son to mother, but not quite sure how he wanted to portray insect in husband to wife? Yeah, I agree the marriage wasn’t normal but, I wouldn't call it incest because they are not blood related. What do you think? Do you consider it

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