No Oedipal Complex Found in Hamlet Essay

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No Oedipal Complex Found in Hamlet

 

Some scholars have interpreted Hamlet's actions throughout Hamlet to be the Oedipus complex.  According to the story of Oedipus, Laius, his father, learned from an oracle that Oedipus would kill him.  Laius then left his son to die on a mountain, where he was found and raised by the King of Corinth.  Oedipus was also told that he would someday kill his own father, and fled Corinth because he believed that the King of Corinth was his real father.  On Oedipus's journey, he passes Laius on the road, they argue and Oedipus kills Laius, without even knowing Laius was his true father.  Oedipus eventually marries his mother, Queen Jocasta, unaware of her true identity.
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            Hamlet does love his mother, but he is not in love with her.  "I shall in all my best obey you, madame," he says (I.ii.124).  He says this out of love and
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