Hamlet Essay

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Hamlet Essay:  Freud and Hamlet 


Freud believed that Hamlet did not kill Claudius the first time 

he saw him because Hamlet saw himself as the enemy. This sounds like a 

solid reason to me.  Who am I to say that it is not?  However,  I also 

find  Samuel Taylor Coleridge's  reasoning very interesting.  He 

believed that Hamlet did not kill Claudius the first time because he 

was praying.  This sounds almost too easy, although very legitimate.  

Now, I am not one to say which interpretation is right, or even ponder if 

either is right; however, they both come credible critics. So, who is 

right and who is wrong--that is the question?  No?  Maybe both are right 

to an extent. We do not actually know what Shakespeare was feeling when 

writing Hamlet.  

   This brings me to the point Chris Early made previously.  I, like 

Chris, do not believe that works should only be investigated on the 

surface, but it is difficult to uncover every meaning of every aspect of 

every work.  Is there always something bigger and more meaningful than 

the original words?  Sometimes I would say yes, and sometimes no.  So, 

this leads me to my next question: how does one know if the words mean 

something bigger or not?  I believe that there is no actual way to 

know if something has hidden meaning or not; therefore, almost 

everything is scrutinized as if it does.  I am not trying to make 

silly excuses;  I am being completely serious.  No one, even the great 

critics, know what is symbolic and what is not; therefore everything is 

considered symbolic in the beginning, causing some sort of symbolism to 

be uncovered.   Whether this