Hamlet's Oedipus Complex

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Various works of literature contain characters who embody the elements of the classic Oedipus Complex, that of a son with an undue and unhealthy attachment to his mother. D.H Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, along with other early modernist works, shows how a son’s bond to his mother can lead to that character’s major downfall. Even earlier than works of the late 19th Century does the Oedipus Complex appear, in this case, …

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…to have Claudius die by his hand, which would enable Hamlet to have his mother’s love all to himself. Unfortunately for Hamlet, a tragic, death-ridden turn of events leads to his goal’s incompletion, but he still had the same ideas and views as did Oedipus Rex in relation to his mother. Hamlet may not have completed the full Oedipal cycle, but he endured enough to classify him as suffering from an Oedipus Complex.