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Hamlet's delay
2001 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The story in Hamlet is based upon the need to revenge a murder. This essay has attempted to analyse and discuss the motives for Hamlet's procrastination and to show that the psychoanalytical approach to Hamlet best explains his delay. Various reasons for Hamlet's delay are given. Important issues like madness, melancholy and cowardice are discussed, but the evidence reveals that he is capable of swift action, we regard him as an intelligent man and can therefore conclude that he is only pretending madness. To regard him simply as suffering from melancholy is not a sufficient explanation as he is eager to avenge the death of his father, but cannot bring himself to take action. It is obvious that the reason for not carrying out the revenge is not due to any moral apprehensions of fear of divine retribution. There is something special about this task that makes it impossible for Hamlet to carry out the deed. The inability to take action stems from special feelings within Hamlet, his Oedipal Complex.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Hamlet, Shakespeare, psykoanalys
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51279ISRN: LTU-CUPP--01/120--SELocal ID: 87dc72a9-bc7e-4eb9-a335-a10587a8ccc0OAI: diva2:1024640
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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