Psychoanalysis Of Hamlet

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Psychoanalysis of Shakespeare’s Hamlet In the world of literature, drama is one of the more subconsciously relatable and personable subgenres. Fiction and poetry may convey common events or stories, but drama uniquely presents them before the audience’s eyes, where every detail is analyzed and absorbed. Because drama is physically portrayed through actors, the audience members process body language and physical aspects of the stage in conjunction with the spoken script, to piece together individual interpretations of the story. The combination of physical and verbal aspects of drama causes there to be many different interpretations or analyses of plays and movies. For example, there is a controversial debate over the theme of madness in…show more content…
The first signs of Hamlet’s downward spiral of insanity follow immediately after the Ghost tells him that Claudius killed his father, as Hamlet starts to eagerly speak of things that make no logical sense. Hamlet whole-heartedly believes the words of this “ghost,” which very well could have been a hallucination, and becomes excitedly obsessed over avenging his father’s death. This dramatic shift in Hamlet’s mood, combined with the circumstances of mystery surrounding the ghost, leave even Hamlet’s close friend, Horatio, concerned as he states that Hamlet is speaking “wild and whirling words” (I.ii.134). Forbes concurs that “this is the first allusion to the wildness and unnaturalness of Hamlet’s disposition” (123). Further evidence of Hamlet’s increasing madness occurs when Hamlet kills Polonius without cause and then continues to severely criticize his mother (III.iv.25-105). The murder of Polonius only causes other characters distress, such as Ophelia, who eventually commits suicide. It can only be gathered that Ophelia reached this point of desperation and helplessness due to Hamlet’s influence. His famous “to be or not to be” monologue within the play clearly portrays that Hamlet was struggling with the idea of how and why he should continue to exist and live life at its fullest when he has lost someone dear to him (III.i.57-91). It is not surprising that Ophelia reciprocated Hamlet’s helpless attitude, nor that she followed through with

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