Ernest Jones believes that Freud's Oedipus Complex is causing Hamlet's behavior and is the reason why he is having trouble retaliating for his father's death.
Eliot's essay, "Hamletand His Problems";
Ernest Jones, "TheOedipus-Complex as an Explanation of Hamlet's Mystery"
Samuel Coleridge, (excerpts, including the statement thatHamletthinks too much).
He speaks purely out of grief in the above quote, constantly questioning why he is the only one as truly sad as himself after his father's death.
Viewing Hamlet with a psychoanalytic mind...
Psychoanalysis in Hamlet
The Oedipus Complex
Ernest Jones and his work
Hamlet and Oedipus
offers an extremely psychoanalytical way of understanding Hamlets motives.
Beginning with Hamlet's early life, it can be assumed Hamlet adopted a fascination with his mother due to the fact he was an only child.
Hamlet wishes he had done everything that Claudius had done such as killing Hamlet's (whom Hamlet considered a rival) father and taking the place as King
Hamlet has the mental strength to follow through with the task his father's ghost has given him (killing Claudius), identification (assimilation) takes place with Hamlet's ghost, another one of Freud's theories
Support from Hamlet
Hamlet and Gertrude's Relationship
the father of psychoanalysis
focuses on the unconscious aspects of personality
had a tendency to trace nearly all psychological problems back to sexual issues
people found his theories involving children's sexual desires shocking
Freud's theories were not immediately embraced
a significant number of other psychologists began gravitating toward Freud's point of view as word of his findings circulated
Please disregard the subtitles
Oedipus Complex in Hamlet
What is the Oedipus Complex?
Hamlet and the Oedipus Complex
opposite of the Oedipus complex
describe a girl's sense of competition with her mother for the affections of her father
the term is typically associated with Freud, but it was actually Carl Jung who coined the term in 1913.
There's also an Electra Complex ladies...
- Wrote The Oedipus-Complex as An Explanation of Hamlet's Mystery:
A Study in Motive to address Hamlet's behavior using Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis.
Ernest Jones essay "The Oedipus Complex as an Explanation of Hamlet"s Mystery" was first published in in January of 1910. It was published in German the following year as a monogram, and then revised and expanded in 1923 when it appeared under the title "A Psycho-Analytic Study of Hamlet" as the first chapter in Jones' book, It was further revised and extended into Jones' (1949), a book which was almost immediately taken to be the expression of the official Freudian position on largely due to Jones' closeness to Freud himself, both as a disciple and as his official biographer.
In the late 1800s through early 1900s, a Doctor based out of Vienna, named Sigmund Freud, developed a theory based on the events of the play Oedipus Rex, which has since been coined the "Oedipus Complex." Ernest Jones also applied his knowledge of Freudian psychology and wrote a persuasive paper suggesting that Hamlet cannot kill his uncle Claudius because of his repressed feelings for his mother....