Revenge In Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet is visited by his father’s ghost who ultimately gives him the task of enacting revenge upon Claudius, but because of his suppressed resentment he clashes with the idea of achieving retribution for his father. In addition “Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Wilhelm Fliess, announced that he had found in his own development all the symptoms of the Oedipus complex and that he was coming to consider “love of the mother and jealousy of the father” (Faber pg. 79). Hamlets impulsive actions seem to be driven more by his love for his mother rather than anger derived from the murder of his father. It can be seen that Hamlets subconscious was responsible for creating the ghost figure to help justify his hate towards his uncle. Hamlet tries to…show more content…
Throughout the play Hamlets main focus is questioning his mothers sexual relations with Claudius distracting him from getting revenge. He struggles to take action due to his repressed feelings towards his mother, his inability to act due to this repression displays that he is indeed a man suffering from the effects caused by the Oedipus Complex. He speaks up on his feelings of disgust saying, “O throw away the worser part of it, and live purer with the other half. Good night-but go not to mine uncles bed”(3.4.160-163). Hamlet speaks up valiantly on his judgment towards Gertrude being in the same bed as his uncle. Hamlet may not be aware of his feelings for his mother because he has repressed these desires, which seems to be driving him mad. Hamlets obsessive relationship with his mother distracts him from the ultimate goal of getting revenge on Claudius and instead drives him towards ultimate madness. When Hamlet confronts Gertrude in her chamber this dialogue shows that Hamlet is too emotional over his mother, it makes readers question the reason why his mother has such an impact on his emotions and actions. “She married. O, most wicked speed, to post / With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! / It is not, nor it cannot come to good, / But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue” (1.2.156-159). Hamlet holds back what he truly wants to say, which is to express his repressed feelings for his mother. Although
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