Mother-Son Relationships

This paper discusses the mother-son relationships in
“Hamlet”, by Shakespeare, and “The Glass Menagerie”, by Tennessee Williams.

This paper reports that, in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Amanda is the perfect example of a loving mother who ,at the same time, suffocates her son with her constant nagging and meddling. The author points out that one of the most interesting aspects of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is the extremely uncomfortable relationship between Hamlet and his mother Gertrude, who throughout the play, appears to be dominating her son by manipulating his feelings and emotions. The paper concludes that the two plays and the characters of the mothers are in contrast. In “The Glass Menagerie”, Tom is able to brush off his mother’s domination after much struggling, whereas, in Hamlet, Gertrude is unable to dominate Hamlet, even though she tries.
It is obvious why Hamlet despises his mother so much. Overall, her dominance over him and her betrayal to his father makes Hamlet seek revenge on her. Hamlet appears to be an emotionally charged individual who thinks more from his heart than his head. He sees her marrying his uncle soon after his father’s death and realizes how little his father actually had meant to his mother. He is appalled at his mother’s sexual behavior and seeks revenge because of his anger at her. His mother to him is a liar, an unfaithful liar.