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Written by Sari2
(5/31/2003 5:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Oedipus, Schmoedipus, penned by Cheryl
] First of all, every child has problems with the idea of their parents as sexual beings. I think Hamlet would be surprised at Gertrude remarrying anyone (after all, at her age the heyday of the blood is tame!) but the idea that it is his uncle just undoes him.
This is better discussed in detail later with Hamlet's personality, but this an example I find problematic: Hamlet is (according to the gravedigger scene) around 30, but he acts much younger, including this whole "eww my mom is actually doing it" attitude.
] And secondly the fact that she went from her husband to a, in Hamlet's opinion, lesser version of her husband grates as well. But perhaps most important was the speed, the haste with which the marriage took place. He's got to be confused and angry at that. Does this mean that she never loved his father? That her Niobe tears were all an act? If she pretended a loyalty and love for her husband, can her love of himself be a sham as well?
I like this. I do think Hamlet has some serious Mommy issues, but I like this reading better than the overtly psychosexual one.
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