Hamlet 's Mental State Of The Struggling Prince Essay

1200 Words Nov 20th, 2014 5 Pages
For any son, the death of one’s father will definitely have a huge impact on their life however it appears that for Hamlet rather than simple grief or remorse, Hamlet instead turns to madness. Hamlet’s psychological development can be analyzed during his soliloquy of Act 2, Scene ii where he decides to plot against Claudius to revenge his father as well as Act 3 Scene IV. After King Hamlet’s death and putting Hamlet in a situation of where he must pretend to be insane, Hamlet’s true sanity can be questioned through his decision making and through the analysis of his pleasure seeking id, his realistic ego, and his over-thinking superego from a psychoanalytical reading of the text. By taking a look through the psychoanalytical lens, it is apparent through Hamlet’s long soliloquy that the death of his father is very much taking a toll on his mind. Upon analyzing the mental state of the struggling prince, one can easily see the conflict within Hamlet’s fragile mind. Hamlet is torn in his id, which acts as a “storehouse of desires.. aggressive and possessive” in his struggle to kill Claudius (DiYanni). The young prince is in a fragile state of mind, going into a rant about how just a simple actor can succumb to “tears in his eyes… all for nothing” while Hamlet cannot even reach deep for his own emotions about the murder of his father (II, ii, 582, 584). Hamlet wants so badly to feel the pain, to embrace his fathers death just as the actors do in their plays, which provides a…

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