The Many Identities of Hamlet in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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The Many Identities of Hamlet in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist, Price Hamlet, uses several ways to defend himself against his oedipal desires, his animosity towards his uncle, as well as his own inner conflict . Hamlet's hatred towards Claudius stems from two crimes committed; Claudius' murder of his brother and his incest with Hamlet's mother. Because of the seriousness of both crimes, as well as the fact that both persons affected are closely related, there is evidence of an interrelation between both of the crimes; which can further explains Hamlet's reaction. Following his father, King Hamlet's death, his mother, Gertrude proceeds to marry his Uncle Claudius; this causes
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Furthermore, the idea of sexuality being connected with Hamlet's mother can be seen in comparison to Hamlet's association between Ophelia and erotic desire. In essence, Hamlet is reverting to a more infantile mind frame when associating Gertrude with Ophelia, subconsciously trying to defend himself against his unresolved Oedipal desires towards his mother. However, when King Hamlet dies and Gertrude remarries, Hamlet's repulsion of his mother is transmitted to Ophelia, causing Hamlet to completely reject her.

Hamlet's oedipal desires for his mother, Gertrude, emerge following his father's death. However, contrary to the natural course of the Oedipus Complex, where Hamlet would replace his father, Gertrude marries another man; namely, his Uncle Claudius. In this respect, Claudius now not only represents Hamlet's object of vengeance, but represents Hamlet, himself. The familial image of his father's own brother being intimate with his mother reflects Hamlet's own incestuous desires as well; this can be seen as the root of Hamlet's inner conflict. By killing his Uncle, he would be subconsciously killing himself as well. For this reason, Hamlet has extreme difficulty carrying out the murder of his uncle. Throughout the play Hamlet searches for excuses to procrastinate the deed of killing his father's murderer. His use of cowardice, doubt of his uncle's guilt and even the

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