Just as concerts emerge from the interaction of many instruments,
so our understanding of Shakespeare is enriched by different
approaches to him. Psychoanalysis assumes that creative writers
have the need to both reveal and conceal their own inner conflicts
in their works. They leave residues in their works that, if we pay
attention, can become building blocks that reveal aspects of the
unconscious. This book will help readers find that the questions
raised add to the pleasure of reading Shakespeare and that these
questions deepen their understanding of his plays. Topics covered
include the pivotal position of Hamlet, the poet and his calling,
the Oedipus complex, intrapsychic conflict, the battle against
paranoia and the homosexual compromise. Using psychoanalytic
techniques in analyzing his plays and characters, the author
reveals more insights about Shakespeare s hidden motivations and
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