This handout and detailed worksheet provides an introduction to psychoanalytical reading of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', with a particular emphasis on Freudian psychoanalysis, the Oedipal complex & Hamlet's relationships to other characters in the play.
The handout includes:
1) Comprehension questions for Act 4 (the worksheet and handout is best used once your students have read up to Act 4, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
2) Introduction to psychoanalysis, Freudian theory and the psychoanalytical approach to analysing literature.
3) Close-reading & analysis of extracts, which provide students with opportunities to apply their newly-acquired psychoanalytical reading skills to specific passages in the play.