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At various times Hamlet has been seen by critics as a sensitive poet unable to endure the cruel pressures of the world, a man driven by sexual desire for his mother and a man resisting the corrupt political regime in which he lives, which would be your in

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Hamlet Question: At various times Hamlet has been seen by critics as a sensitive poet unable to endure the cruel pressures of the world, a man driven by sexual desire for his mother and a man resisting the corrupt political regime in which he lives, which would be your interpretation of the presentation of Hamlet and why? Hamlet was written in 1602 by William Shakespeare and is the longest play he had written. The play is based on a troubled young prince of Norway. The conventions within the play make it a revenge tragedy. The main conventions captured are the ghost calling for revenge and Hamlet being the revenger, Hamlet being the central and sympathetic character drawn by madness, the play within a play revealing aspects of the murder and innocent killings. The play was written in the later Elizabethan period, which was a time of political confrontation. This could incline that the aspects of corruption within the play may have been to represent the opinions of William Shakespeare on his own countries problems. Hamlet can be seen as a sensitive poet when he talks about the differences between life and death poetically in his soliloquies. ...read more.

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The second aspect would be when Hamlet has been called to Gertrude's bedroom, which leads him to talk about his mother's sex life: "In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed-honeying and making love." (Act3, sc4, L.94-95) This shows that he feels that she is sleeping with the wrong man and that he is angry with his mother because he is so resentful of Claudius. However, it can be argued that there is a sign of sexual attraction because this quote could also point to the fact that people who speak sexually to another person are usually the person they are attracted too. The childhood desire to sleep with the mother and to kill the father is a theory of Sigmund Freud's called the Oedipus complex. From Freud's theory of the Oedipus complex, he believed: "The fathers threat of castration will make the boy repress his desires for his mother and instead use his father as a 'role model' ". Hamlet may of already had hidden desires for his mother and because he praises his father so highly it shows that he sees his father as a role model. However, it can be argued that this quote suggests Hamlet's father's death is the reason for Hamlet to try and take advantage of his mother, and because Claudius is not his real father Hamlet sees him as a possible enemy. ...read more.

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(Act3, sc4, L.11) The ghost's commandment leads Hamlet to believe that his uncle murdered his father: "The serpent that did sting thy fathers life, now wears his crown." (Act1, sc5, L.38-39) Claudius later reveals that he did kill Hamlet's father to become king: "Of those effects for which I did the murder, my crown, mine own ambition, and my queen." (Act3, sc3, L.54-55) This shows the corruption in the regime because the current leader had to murder for his position. When Hamlet says: "So uncle, there you are - it is adieu - I have sworn't." (Act1, sc5, L.110-112) It shows Hamlet's resistance to the corruption by swearing revenge on Claudius for murdering his father and bringing corruption to the regime. Through the opinions and arguments it is fair to say Hamlet is more of a sensitive poet rather than a man driven by sexual desire for his mother or a man resisting the corruption in the regime. This is because from the conventions of a revenge tragedy it is most likely Hamlet would of already been a noble person before being driven to madness and seeking revenge for the murder of his father. The most positive opinions on Hamlet see him as more of a noble and wellborn person and a man who would rather not kill people if he didn't have to. ...read more.

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