Hamlets Oedipus Complex Essays

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Various works of literature contain characters who embody the elements of the classic Oedipus Complex, that of a son with an undue and unhealthy attachment to his mother. D.H Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, along with other early modernist works, shows how a son’s bond to his mother can lead to that character’s major downfall. Even earlier than works of the late 19th Century does the Oedipus Complex appear, in this case, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Shakespeare’s play about the Prince of Denmark shows the beginning of an Oedipal Complex, with Hamlet’s jealousy of his uncle Claudius for marrying his mother Gertrude and the rage that Hamlet’s emulation causes. …show more content…
He furthers his reasoning behind the marriage causing the depression, claiming that the union can do no good “But break [his] heart'; (1.2.159).
     Hamlet’s explains his rage in the first act of the play, but it is not until scene 4 of the third act that we see the full view of his Oedipus Complex. Here, Gertrude is joined by Hamlet in a bedroom moments after Polonius, the Queen’s counselor, advises her to warn Hamlet that “his pranks have been too broad to bear with'; (3.4.2). Hamlet, upon killing Polonius, compares his “bloody'; act to that of “kill[ing] a king, and marry[ing] with his brother,'; blatantly expressing his mortification and disapproval with Gertrude’s marriage to Claudius(3.4.29). He then begins to berate his mother, but with many sexual references:
          “That blurs the grace and blush of modesty,
          Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose
          From the fair forehead of an innocent love
          And sets a blister there, makes marriage vows
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