Analysis of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet

5.38-39). Through this line and others, Hamlet makes his strong hatred for his new-fatheruncle very apparent. It is often believed that Hamlet is a bit jealous of Claudius winning his mother's love, and that Hamlet suffers from an Oedipus complex. Hamlet does say a number of sexual innuendoes as he sits to watch the "dumb-show,aE and at a first reading it seems these are aimed at his lover, Ophelia. Upon further examination, it is noticed that these are indeed aimed toward both ladies seated near him, Gertrude and his love. Perhaps Hamlet thinks that if Claudius and his mother had not married so quickly after his father's death, Hamlet would have had a chance to be with her and become King of Denmark. Hamlet does hint that Gertrude and Claudius had an affair before his father's passing. Hamlet says "Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables,aE (1.2.180-184) meaning they were married so soon after elder Hamlet died, making Hamlet upset and suspicious.

Hamlet is not only jealous of Claudius receiving his mother's love, but the citizens' love as well. After Claudius gives a speech to all, it becomes apparent that the people have taken a kind liking to him,



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