Unique Analysis of Hamlet by Literary Critic Harold Bloom – Library of Congress




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“Bloom dismissed the notion that Hamlet, goaded by his father’s ghost, was motivated by revenge to kill his uncle Claudius, who had ascended the throne and married the queen, Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. He also said Freud’s attempt “to fasten the Oedipus complex on Hamlet … will not stick.”

“Something in Hamlet dies before the play opens, and I set aside the prevalent judgment that the deepest cause of his melancholia is his mourning for the dead father and his outrage at his mother’s sexuality,” Bloom said. “The only vital relationship Hamlet has ever had was with Yorick, the King Hamlet’s jester, who died, the Grave-digger tells us, when the prince was seven. … Yorick the jester was Hamlet’s true father and mother.””

MLA Citation:

French, Yvonne. “Harold Bloom Interprets ‘Hamlet’.” Library of Congress, May 2013, https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0305/hamlet.html. Accessed (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE).

In-Text: (French)

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APA Citation:

French, Y. (2013, May). Harold Bloom interprets ‘Hamlet’. Library of Congress. Retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0305/hamlet.html

In-Text: (French, 2013)

***REMEMBER all lines of the citation after the first get indented once***

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