Freudian Psychoanalysis on Hamlet

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William Shakespeare was a phenomenal playwright and poet, writing plays like Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth among others. Shakespeare created characters with immense emotion and complexity to appeal to the reader. In Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet,” the character Hamlet is very compelling and interesting because of the fact that he is a complex character. Hamlet's mental responses and mysterious actions make him one of the most complex dramatic characters ever created by Shakespeare or any other playwright. Hamlet himself knows that he is a complex character as he states himself, “Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, that can denote me truly.”(Act I, Scene ii, 82-83). Shakespeare sets Hamlet as both a good and bad character, but not for the reader to go against him or for him but rather to explore him as the complex character he is. A contemplative and emotional young man is often indecisive and hesitant, but at other times prone to rash and impulsive acts. These indecisive thoughts and impulsive acts lead to not only Hamlet’s great complexity but his downfall as well. Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark and the main character in this play. He is the son of Queen Gertrude and the recently dead King Hamlet, and the nephew of the present king, Claudius. Hamlet is depressed, dramatic, and full of hatred for his uncle’s betrayal and disgust for his mother forgetting about his father so quickly. Hamlet is driven by his desires and emotion or his id. The id is the location of a person’s desires. However, though, it might seem that Hamlet wants to kill Claudius to avenge his father that is not his id. Hamlet never has the courage to kill Claudius because he has completed Hamlet’s id. A person’s emotions and actions are driven by desires that a person cannot access immediately. These things that a person unconsciously desires are not known by a person but just are desired without the person knowing. In Hamlet’s case his id is to have his father’s place as...
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