Let the bloat King tempt you again to bed, Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse, And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses, Or paddling in your neck with his damned fingers, Make you to ravel al this matter out, That I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft.

First – this is a CRAZY long sentence. Why?
Second – Hamlet sure has a lot of descriptive details of his mom’s sexual relationship with Claudius. I don’t put any real stock in the Freudian readings of this play. I do not think Hamlet actually wants to sleep with his mother.
However – I can see where that reading comes from. It’s lines like this. It has an erotic specificity. Hamlet is aware of or imagining some very intimate details about his mother’s sex life.
Third – why the bloat King? Is he calling Claudius fat? Actually? Or fat with power? Or is it, perhaps, a way to say he’s full of hot air? Just calling Claudius fat doesn’t seem quite cutting enough.

Gertrude calls Hamlet fat at the end of the play in a way that feels affectionate. To just call Claudius fat would feel a little small and petty. I feel like Bloat has to reference something a little bigger.

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