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
Hamlet has many problems dealing with the fact that his mother married his uncle less than two months after the death of his father. Hamlet sees his mother's remarriage as disgusting and sees murdering Claudius as a way of freeing his mother of an incestuous marriage as well as avenging his father. Hamlet and his mother's relationship is also shown as more sexual than the traditional mother son relationship because of Hamlet's long and private conversation with his mother, as well as his rivalry toward Claudius for his mother's attentions. Hamlet makes numerous sexually allusions. The "closet scene" in Act 3 Scene 4, proves to be essential in understanding Hamlet's and Gertrude's relationship because the
When Hamlets father speaks to him and tells him to speak to his mother, Hamlet immediately obeys him. He respects his father and loves him enough to listen to him and stop fighting with his mother. It shows that no matter the flaws he has with his mother he would throw them out just to please his father. Hamlet has proven himself in many ways that he would do anything for his father no matter what the circumstance was.
In the play Hamlet, incest is an obvious part of two of the main characters lives. Gertrude and Claudius are involved in a relationship that some would describe as inappropriate. Gertrude’s husband had
In Act 1 Scene 2 lines 1.2.161-2, hamlet says the following: “O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!”. In these lines, Hamlet feels as if his mother Gertrude has left their late father to quick as Gertrude married Claudius only around a month after their father’s death, and he feels it is incest. At this point in the play, Hamlet is feeling so much pain he wants to start school again in France, but Hamlet and his mother don’t eye to now and she thinks it would be better for him to stay in Denmark.
Hamlet is not just upset at his mother’s marriage because of its incestuous sate, but also because of the type of man Claudius is. In the soliloquy hamlet says that though Claudius is the brother of king Hamlet, it is clear to him that no similarities between them. Hamlet compares his uncle to a satyr while his father he describes as a Hyperion, the sun god, a model of beauty. At this point, Hamlet has worked himself up so much that is no long just his mother he is troubled with. Hamlet is troubled by the whole species of women, which is very evident when he says, “Let me not think on’t; fraility, they name is woman” (I.ii.146).
Outraged by her decisions, Hamlet resorts to verbally assaulting his mother, telling her that the marriage between her and King Claudius is unjust. Hamlet’s disgust with his mother marrying his own uncle is shown when he screams at her in her room, “She married. O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!”(Shakespeare 2017). This scolding displays how Hamlet will say anything and everything that he feels without hesitation.
“A little more than kin, and less than kind” (1.2. 65) and refers to their marriage as incest “She married – O most wicked speed! To post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It Is not, nor it cannot come to good.” (1.2 156-159). Hamlet feels that his mother has betrayed his father by marrying with his brother. Even though his mother had to play a significant part within the marriage, Hamlet’s main sense of anger is towards Claudius. Not to mention, they also got married not much longer than two months after King Hamlet was killed, which sparked more range within Hamlet. Claudius is also very cruel towards Hamlet and does not treat him as equal, even though he tries to act like it. Hamlet was mourning the death of his father and his own mother tells him to get over it, it seems as though Claudius’ attitude has gotten to Gerturde “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not forever with thy vailed lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou know’st ’tis common. All that lives must die…” (1.2.68-72). He is loyal to his father and wants to avenge his death; therefore, he wants to seek revenge on Claudius. This ambition leads to the downfall of Hamlet’s sane mind.
Laertes and Ophelia, like Hamlet, are children of murdered fathers. This connection helps create a link between the three that sends them passionately to their end.
Throughout the play, we see Hamlet’s disgust towards his mother’s sexual appetite that is induced by his mother’s decision to marry his uncle Claudius shortly after his father’s
Furthermore, this act of betrayal perpetrated by Hamlet’s mother cause Hamlet to begin to question how trustworthy women are, this is another pivotal point theme that further drives the plot. However, even with this betrayal it would seem that the dead king still loves and does not fault Hamlet’s mother, as when he is shown as the ghost he tells Hamlet to punish his killer,
When speaking to Hamlet, the ghost reviles Claudius, whom he refers to as “that incestuous, that adulterate beast.” This statement implies that Gertrude behaved unfaithfully, beginning an affair with Claudius before the murder of the king. While the morally dubious nature of Gertrude’s “incestuous” relationship to Claudius remains unquestionable regardless of interpretation, no evidence indicates the relationship began through literal adultery. In “The Character of Hamlet’s Mother,” Carolyn Heilbrun explains, “The Elizabethan word ‘adultery’ . . . was not restricted to its modern meaning, but was used to define any sexual relationship which could be called unchaste, including of course an incestuous one” (206).
The theme, family, in The Tragedy of Hamlet is major theme with lots of major points. This play is notorious for how it dwells on the issue of incest. In Shakespeare’s time, incest was a sin against God and the state. Queen Elizabeth I asked the Church of England to come up with a list of rules about marriage, basically a list of relatives who couldn’t marry, including in-laws. Also another focus is how politics can impact the dynamics of family. The values brought on by a parent are vital in developing a characters values and sense of purpose.
A powerful word to describe the Hamlet family is very dysfunctional. Family dysfunction rules out there hope of trusting one another and depending on the family to even be a family. In the book “Hamlet” as you read through the pages, you will begin to see that. The whole family will rarely sit with each other and just enjoy the presence of their company without being suspicious of some accusation that just happens to be brought up, it's as if to call it a big family dysfunction.
Throughout the play, Hamlet’s disdain for his mother marriage to his uncle, Claudius, is made apparent. It is because of this union, Hamlet believes that it is his responsibility to separate Claudius from his mother for her own good. Because Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet, was killed his brother, Claudius, is now King and has married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. After a play which depicts the death of King
Incest flows abundantly through this play like no other. The relationship between Claudius and Gertrude could be considered incest from Hamlet’s perspective even though they are not blood related. He sees his blood uncle and his blood mother together which tortured his conscience. Why did the thought of his mother having sex deter him so bad? Did Hamlet want to look to his mother for sexual comfort? Hamlet was said to have ‘Oedipus Complex’ which is explained as every sons supposed desire to kill his father and have sex with his mother. Whether this is the case is unsure the reason for him to be