As students, observers, and analyzers of the life surrounding us, it is important to look at certain situations through a psychoanalytic lens. Many political commentator use this tactic to analyze what is said by different candidates and political figures.
As a young person who enjoys staying involved and keeping up with my peers, I want to think about a psychoanalytic critique along side social media.
Social media, for many, glorifies one’s reality. Most of us are guilty of taking the “perfect picture” just to make it appear more aesthetically pleasing to others. This goes hand in hand with the ideas of perfectionism and social media. But we have to ask ourselves:
Does the perfect picture really make our lives appear to be picture perfect?
As humans, we all face hardships and make mistakes. We are all out here struggling to overcome whatever may be weighing us down. But our followers and friends on social media may not be aware of what is truly happening in our lives.
These ideas are what I had in mind as I wrote my psychoanalytic critique essay. Hamlet is suffering from a state of melancholia but knows he must put up a front for two reasons. The first being that he must act crazy in order to gain attention and the second being he knows he must act strong like a “man” otherwise he will be viewed as cowardly. These two fronts show that he is looking to exaggerate his reality into something that it is not. In using this feedback giving to me by my professor as well as the peer review workshop from in class, I was able to figure out which points I needed to make in order to affectively explain Hamlet’s state of mourning. As these ideas connect with Freud’s it can be shown that Hamlet has moved out of basic mourning and has entered into a much more advanced stage of depression: melancholia.