Over the course of this eloquent musing on the nature of self and death and what actions he should take, Hamlet remains paralyzed by indecision.
Ophelia and Hamlet faced similar fates, with similarities and differences along the way, all to do with their madness. Claudius switches tactics, proposing a fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet to settle their differences. Productions of Hamlet have used Freud's ideas to support their own interpretations.
He says that "in their amorous or hostile attitude toward their parents" neurotics reveal something that occurs with less intensity "in the minds of the majority of children". Hamlet has seven soliloquies in the play that gives the audience a closer look has, to what is Hamlet feeling in different parts of the play Sources Main article: Sources of Hamlet A facsimile of Gesta Danorum by Saxo Grammaticuswhich contains the legend of Amleth Hamlet-like legends are so widely found for example in Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Byzantium, and Arabia that the core "hero-as-fool" theme is possibly Indo-European in origin.
In a typical revenge tragedy like The Spanish Tragedy, the hero faces two obstacles: to find out who the murderers are, and then to get himself into a position where he can kill them. We first see a glimpse of madness with Hamlet who pretends to be mad, using it as a cunning mask while he battles with his own mind and conscience over the idea of revenge.
Q2 is the longest early edition, although it omits about 77 lines found in F1  most likely to avoid offending James I's queen, Anne of Denmark. Was Hamlet really suffering from madness, as many of his friends and family thought?
For example, in Shakespeare's day, plays were usually expected to follow the advice of Aristotle in his Poetics : that a drama should focus on action, not character. They all have their own sins which they face. Both men seek the same kind of justice but chose different paths to attain it.
In the play, the father-son relationship is the primary motivator for each son's revenge.