Essay about Hamlets Relationship with His Mother

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Hamlet’s Relationship with his Mother Throughout William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet portrays what Sigmund Freud calls the Oedipal Complex. When the relationship between Hamlet and his mother is analyzed, Freud's Oedipal complex theory comes to mind. The Oedipal complex is a theory created by Freud that states that the child takes both of its parents, and more particularly one of them, as the object of its erotic wishes. Because of this desire to be with the parent of the opposite sex, a rivalry is formed with the parent of the same sex. In the play, Hamlet shows great hostility toward his uncle Claudius, his male opponent. Hamlet sees his mother's remarriage as a disgusting act of betrayal and sees murdering Claudius as a way of…show more content…
Throughout most of the scene, Hamlet concentrates on his mother's sexual relationship with Claudius by making many sexual allusions and criticizing her with them. He states that she seeks out the "incestuous pleasure of his bed"(3.4. l. 90). The exploring of his mother's erotic nature is because he is sexually concerned for her. Hamlet also makes many allusions to beds and sex. An example of this is when Hamlet says: "In the rank sweat of an enseamented bed stew'd” (3.4. l. 93-96). It is possible that here, Shakespeare wanted to show how Hamlet's rage brought out all his repressed sexually desires for his mother because of Hamlet's concentration on Gertrude's sex life. All of Hamlet’s crushed feelings come out in rage in this scene because of Hamlet’s repressed sexual desire for his mother - they surfaces due to his rage in the form of sexual allusions. Finally, the "closet scene" proves to be essential in understanding Hamlet and Gertrude's relationship because the location (Gertrude’s bedroom) allows Hamlet to have private a conversation with his mother. At the end of the "closet scene" it is evident that Hamlet is jealous of the attention his mother's giving to Claudius. He tells her: "Not this by no means that I bid you do: Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed, Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse"(3.4 l. 188-190). Because Hamlet tells his mother this with so many sexual references, he seems more like a

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