Example research essay topic: Hamlet’s Portrayal Of The Oedipus Complex – 600 words

The Oedipus Complex is a theory formed by Sigmund
Freud, stating that individuals have a repressed
desire for sexual involvement with the parent of
the opposite sex while feeling rivalry with the
parent of the same sex. There is much evidence in
the play that suggests Hamlet is a victim of the
Oedipus Complex. In the beginning of the play when
Hamlet is reciting his first soliloquy, he makes
may references to his disgust in his mother when
she is with other men. Must I remember? Why, she
would hang on him, as if increase of appetite had
grown. He says this of his deceased father. He
does not want to remember how his mother hung on
his father, as if to satisfy some great appetite,
a need for his love.

He tells that his mother
married his uncle with most wicked speed, to
incestuous sheets. He then continues, It is not
nor it cannot come to good; But break, my heart;
for I must hold my tongue. Hamlet must keep quiet
about his feelings and it tears him apart. If
Hamlet does, indeed, have the Oedipus Complex, he
would have violent and hateful feelings toward his
father, perhaps even enough hatred in him to kill
his father. When Horatio and Marcellus tell Hamlet
of their encounter with his dead fathers ghost,
Hamlet voices that it is very strange, but also he
also states, This troubles me. If he loves his
mother and hates his father, he would not want to
be concerned with his father after he is supposed
to be dead and out of the picture.

Hamlet asks his
friends, Armd, say you? From top to toe? Lookd he
frowningly? Perhaps Hamlet is concerned that his
father knows of Hamlets relief in his fathers
death, and is worried that his father may be
looking for revenge on Hamlet. When Hamlet goes
with his friends to see the ghost, he says angels
and ministers of grace defend us! Again, he is
troubled, distressed at the thought of his father
seeking revenge. When the ghost beckons Hamlet,
Horatio says to him, It beckons you to go away
with it, as if it some impartment did desire to
you alone. And Marcellus, It waves you to a more
removed ground. When the Hamlet learns the real
reason of the ghotss visit, he promises to quickly
seek revenge. Haste me to knowt, that I, with
wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of
love, may sweep to revenge.

However, when Hamlet
has to opportunity to kill his uncle, he does not.
He reasons that he should wait until his uncle is
doing something wrong, so that his death will lead
him to hell. However, Hamlet only wants to wait
until he has his mothers approval. Only after
Hamlet talks to his mother, does he finally feel
that he may kill his uncle. Hamlet hears a noise
from behind a curtain and immediately thrusts his
knife into it, with no second thoughts or
hesitations, as he has his mothers approval. There
are many references to Hamlets disgust in his
uncle throughout the play. He seems to be
strangely preoccupied with the sheets and bed to
which his mother shares with his uncle.

hatred is increased by the thought of his mother
sleeping with his uncle. When he organizes the
script for the players to follow, he writes that
Player Queen shall say, A second time I kill my
husband dead, when second husband kisses me in
bed. His preocupation with his mother’s sexual
life is disturbing for Hamlet to think about..

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