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Hamlet and the Psychological approach

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Hamlet and the Psychological approach

After enveloping myself in the world of Shakespeare’s tragic play/story of Hamlet, I without a doubt believe that the best way for me to critically analyze the literature is to approach it in a psychological critic mindset. In relations to Hamlet a question keeps intriguing my mind, in which, why does one man choose to carryout revenge, how a lust for power can bend one’s own flesh and blood? Another question that I have is whether or not Hamlet is indeed crazy? If so, how would friendship function? Does he have a true friend? If so, who? Does he exhibit the behavior of a real friend?

The first quote that centers itself on the discussion between Polonius and Ophelia in regards to Hamlet’s disposition (pg. 79 104-108.) The two characters find Hamlet’s behavior strange “…And thrice his head thus waving to Polonius up and down, he raises a sigh so piteous and profound as it did seem to shatter all his bulk and end his being.” The reason why this quote would be useful in my psychological analysis of the text is because the scene ties in the plot of the story, but it also allows one to question the emotions one might go through in a situation like the one Hamlet finds himself in. Hamlet undergoes a behavior change once he discovers the treachery of his dear uncle Claudius. To me it seems as though he is unsure about what steps to take to avenge the death of his father it brings up the question of how humans react to certain situations. The discussion between the two characters leads them to speculate as to why Hamlet is behaving in such a melancholy demeanor. They’re misdirected beliefs unfortunately provides me with the opportunity to analyze their perspective, and how this changed the dynamics of the story and whether or not I believe it relates to human behavior in real life.

The second quote that I can use to support my thesis relates to the superposition of men, how ones belief in religion and superposition can determine the outcomes of decisions. “I think it be no other but e’en so. Ell may it sort that this portentous figure comes armed through our watch so like the king that was and is the question of these wars.” (pg. 15 lines 120-123.) To me it seems as though at the time Shakespeare wrote the play, there was so much emphasis on superposition’s and peoples religious convictions, that throughout the book, one can clearly tell that religion was at the back of many of the characters minds in the terms of wh ...



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