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Is Hamlet's father named Hamlet too?

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yetta | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 1, 2009 at 12:52 AM via web

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Is Hamlet's father named Hamlet too?

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM (Answer #1)

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Yes, he is. I have wondered if underlying this choice in names Shakespeare were not insinuating some kind of Oedipus complex between Hamlet and his mother. But then, it was Claudius who did the "substitution thing" instead....

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eabettencourt | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 1, 2009 at 1:07 AM (Answer #2)

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Also, Hamlet being his father's namesake leads the reader to think of the royal lineage his father was most likely hoping to establish.  It draws our attention once again to the fact that Prince Hamlet should be the next king of Denmark, and serves to remind us throughout the play of Claudius's usurpation.

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amberangel | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 10, 2009 at 4:17 PM (Answer #3)

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Yes, he is. I have wondered if underlying this choice in names Shakespeare were not insinuating some kind of Oedipus complex between Hamlet and his mother.

Different readings suggest different things. If you watch the Zefferelli film, you'll see it's more than implicated, really.

It depends how you view the play.

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cosso | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM (Answer #4)

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yes

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