Hamlet- source- Freud

Hamlet has famously been associated with one of the most basic stories about murder and revenge, that identified by Freud as the Oedipus complex: ‘How if mused Freud’s follower Ernest Jones, ‘Hamlet had in years gone by, as a child, bitterly resented having had to share his mother’s affection even with his own father, had regarded him as a rival, and had secretly wished him out of the way so that he might enjoy undisputed and undisturbed the monopoly of that affection?’
guilty that his wish had been granted, so his grieving was contaminated by guilt and a manufactured idolization of the missing parent. Thus the story of Oedipus, who discovered that his mother had committed incest and who avenged his father’s death by killing his father’s murderer, could have been a source for Hamlet,
“Freud famously first sketched his theory of the Oedipus complex (later developed in The Interpretation of Dreams, 1900) in a letter to Wilhelm Fliess in October 1897 Hamlet, Shakespeare’s ‘unconscious understood the unconscious of his hero’
Hamlet has attracted psychoanalytic critics, and ‘Hamlet and Ophelia have become respectively the iconic representatives of male and female instability’
fuelled by the influence of the actor-manager, whose ego has been nourished by the size of the role
Olivier went on to direct a film version in 1948, commenting later that the scan story was seen through Hamlet’s eyes, ‘and when he’s not present, through his imagination’
‘Olivier, Hamlet and Freud’ Peter S. Donaldson found evidence in the film of the acting out of trauma in Olivier’s early childhood

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