Title

Hamlet’s Moral Double Bind

Presenter Information

Anna Sakach

Department

Physics

Major

Physics

Research Advisor

Drowne, Kathleen Morgan

Advisor's Department

English and Technical Communication

Abstract

The play Hamlet is often used by psychologists to study the character Hamlet as they would study a patient in order to increase their understanding of people similarly disturbed. This makes the interpretation of the nature and causes of Hamlet’s erratic behavior scientifically important. Through an understanding of the context of Hamlet’s actions and a consideration of the entire play, it can be seen that Hamlet is a good example of a person suffering from trauma and from a double bind. It also becomes clear that Hamlet is not someone with an Oedipal complex and should not be used as a model for how this disorder can occur.

Biography

Anna Sakach is a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her current major is physics, but her interest in English led her to peruse a research project in the humanities. She is also involved in Student Counsel and the Newman Center.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, Second place

Location

Ozark Room

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 9:00 am - 9:30 am

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Hamlet’s Moral Double Bind

Ozark Room

The play Hamlet is often used by psychologists to study the character Hamlet as they would study a patient in order to increase their understanding of people similarly disturbed. This makes the interpretation of the nature and causes of Hamlet’s erratic behavior scientifically important. Through an understanding of the context of Hamlet’s actions and a consideration of the entire play, it can be seen that Hamlet is a good example of a person suffering from trauma and from a double bind. It also becomes clear that Hamlet is not someone with an Oedipal complex and should not be used as a model for how this disorder can occur.