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The Character Of Gertrude (Queen) In Hamlet
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A 4 page report analyzing Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude. Married incestuously to Hamlet's uncle, who murdered his brother and then took his place both on the throne and in his bed, Gertrude's attitude toward Hamlet's accusations was along the lines of, 'What have I done?' Operating in total mental oblivion for most, if not all, her adult life, Hamlet forces her to face reality as it is, rather than how she has chosen to see it. No additional sources cited.
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William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and the Frailty of Women
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This 5 page report discusses the line in “Hamlet,” Act I, Scene II in which Hamlet declares, “Frailty, thy name is woman!” and what Hamlet means by the statement. The writer then discusses how Gertrude’s actions and personality refute Hamlet’s statement. No bibliography.
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Revenge & The Character Of Hamlet
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A 5 page paper analyzing why it takes Hamlet so long to avenge his father's death; it also considers the ethical nature of this vendetta as seen through the lens of Hamlet's own society. The paper concludes that Hamlet was suffering from a profound emotional depression, and thus had great difficulty convincing himself to act; thus, the most unethical aspect of the revenge request was asking Hamlet to do it at all. Bibliography lists four sources.
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'Where's Polonius?' / Interpreting a Passage In Hamlet
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A 5 page paper on the very short passage in Act IV, Scene III of Hamlet, in which Claudius asks Hamlet what he has done with Polonius' body. It argues that Hamlet's strange responses address not only the location of the body, but Claudius' guilt for Hamlet's father's death. No additional sources cited.
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Hamlet Was Guilty of Deaths
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This five-page-paper discusses the movie Hamlet in which Hamlet was played by Mel Gibson. Rather that a summary of the movie the paper analyzes the ways that hamlet became like Claudius in his revenge against Claudius, and compares and contrasts Hamlet’s experiences to the real life experiences of a single mother. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Hamlet's Revenge
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A 5 page paper which asks why it took Hamlet so long to kill Claudius. The argument presented is that Hamlet, bound by honor and a code of righteousness, could not merely kill Claudius as Claudius had done to Hamlet's father. Hamlet was obliged by personal, honorable, Biblical, and righteous standards to hesitate till the right moment. And even then he somehow seems to have believed he failed, thus taking his own life as well. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.
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'To Be or Not to Be' / Hamlet's Most Revealing Soliloquy
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A 4 page essay on the famous speech and its relationship to Hamlet's actions throughout the play. The writer details the similarities to other sentiments expressed by Hamlet, the words and images themselves, and the character traits that Hamlet exhibits in this speech. No additional sources cited.
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The Motif of Hesitancy in Hamlet
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A 5 page paper analyzing several instances in Shakespeare's play where Hamlet hesitates too long before acting. The paper ties these into the larger theme of Hamlet's delay in avenging his father's death, and observes that procrastination is an ongoing flaw in Hamlet's character. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Ophelia and Laertes as Foils for Hamlet
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A 5 page paper looking at the way the personality traits and behavior of these two characters in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' emphasize those of Hamlet himself through contrast. The paper concludes that Hamlet as dependent on the opinions of others as Ophelia is, but neither is he as decisive as Laertes. No additional sources.
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Shakespeare's Reliance on the Supernatural in Hamlet & Macbeth
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In 5 pages the author discusses William Shakespeare's reliance on the supernatural in the plays "Hamlet" and "Macbeth". "In the 1500s there was strong belief in the existence of the supernatural. The supernatural was a recurring theme in many of Shakespeare's works. In Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural was an essential part of the structure of the plot. Supernatural provided a catalyst for action. It also provided an insight into characters, and magnified the impact of several key scenes in both of the plays. The role of the supernatural was essential in both Hamlet and Macbeth."
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The Tone And Purpose Of Humor In "Hamlet"
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In 5 pages the author discusses the tone and purpose of humor in "Hamlet." When considering the tone and purpose of humor in the play "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" by William Shakespeare, the gravedigger's scene in which Hamlet addresses the skull of Yorick comes to mind. The entire scene was supposed to be a parody and Shakespeare used clowns as gravediggers to set the tone of this dark form of humor. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Hamlet / Hearing Is Believing
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The appearance of the ghost of Hamlet's father and importance of his revelation are echoed through out the play by Shakespeare's use of the words 'hear' and 'ear' as well as other symbolism about conversation, revelations and oration. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the basic segments of Hamlet that demonstrate the use of words related to the sense of hearing, and demonstrates the implications for the truth that Hamlet defines and his course of action represented by his seeming madness. No additional sources cited.
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Hamlet & The Ghost of His Father / Hearing is Believing
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The appearance of the ghost of Hamlet's father and importance of his revelation are echoed through out the play by Shakespeare's use of the words 'hear' and 'ear' as well as other symbolism about conversation, revelations and oration. This 9 page paper provides an overview of the basic segments of Hamlet that demonstrate the use of words related to the sense of hearing, and demonstrates the implications for the truth that Hamlet defines and his course of action represented by his seeming madness. No additional sources cited.
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Why Hamlet Took So Long To Slay Claudius
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A 4 page paper discussing the delay factors in Hamlet's revenge. The writer examines reasons why Hamlet took so long to exact the revenge against his uncle called for in the first scene of Act I. It is argued that Hamlet is unsuited for the task, and moreover, that his obsession with plays and acting shows him to have a somewhat ungrounded sense of reality. No additional sources.
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Hamlet and Ophelia -- Cross Gender Madness
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This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and compares the degrees of madness experienced by both the characters of Hamlet and Ophelia. It may have been the appearance of madness that truly drove both characters crazy. They may have also been driven insane by all the evil and treachery surrounding them. Of course, Hamlet pays heavily for creating the madness distraction but still not as ultimate a price as that paid by Ophelia. No secondary sources.
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Hamlet: A Celebration of Life
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A 6 page paper which illustrates that Shakespeare's Hamlet was a man, and a play, that argued for the celebration of life and not the misery of existence. In Hamlet we see a man who is challenging tradition, a tradition that assumed the life of a man was nothing short of miserable and therefor it was allowable for mankind to engage in dishonorable conduct. Hamlet challenged that tradition and in essence celebrated life as he fought for honor. Bibliography lists 6 additional sources.
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Hamlet: Man Of Action Or Inaction?
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5 pages in length. Was Hamlet a man of action or inaction? When determining this answer, one must first understand the extent of his struggle that ultimately establishes his response. A great deal of maturity and moral development occurs in Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Respective to the central character, Hamlet comes to various conclusions with regard to the acceptance of reality, issues of morality and, perhaps above all, the concept of his own mortality that clearly indicate him to be a man of inaction. No additional sources cited.
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Madness Defined? The Shakespeare Characters of Hamlet and Iago
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This 5 page report discusses the idea of madness and whether or not Iagao and Hamlet are “mad,” “crazy,” or “insane.” In “Hamlet,” the characters within the world of the play define Hamlet’s madness because of his actions that the audience understands to be a man’s reaction to the “craziness” around him. The question of Iago’s madness comes from understanding that the conscious whisperings of Iago are what drive Othello to his own version of madness. No secondary sources.
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Achilles And Hamlet: Morality And Mortality
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9 pages in length. A great deal of maturity and moral development occurs in both Homer's 'The Iliad' and Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' Respective to the central characters of Achilles and Hamlet, each man comes to various conclusions with regard to the acceptance of reality, issues of morality and, perhaps above all, the concept of their own mortality. Inasmuch as both characters derive their conclusions on account of individual occurrences, one can argue that the path to enlightenment may have been different, but the ultimate outcome reaped a similar benefit. The writer discusses morality and mortality as they relate to Achilles and Hamlet. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Act II, Scene ii of William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which analyzes when Hamlet meets with the Players in Act II, Scene ii of William Shakespeare’s play "Hamlet," to explain how this meeting and the reaction to the Players are important to Shakespeare’s development of the title character.
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Shakespeare's Hamlet / The Character of Laertes
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In 3 pages, the author discusses the character of Laertes in "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" by William Shakespeare. In this play, he used the character of Laertes to advance the plot, to articulate the theme, and to create conflicts. One key element of Laertes' character that is particularly interesting is his desire to help his sister, his father, and then, finally his enemy, Hamlet. Laertes manipulates other characters throughout the plot. His physical actions, words, or symbols tell the audience something about the character. He is out for revenge, but in the end, he finds that revenge is bittersweet. FREE: Roman numeral sentence outline included. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Hamlet and the Dramatic Structure
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A 9 page paper which first defines the classic dramatic structure and then demonstrates how Shakespeare's Hamlet fits the pattern. After discussing what type of action belongs in each phase of the dramatic structure -- setup, complication, climax, and resolution -- the paper shows where each of these occurs in Hamlet. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Character Development of Hamlet
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A 9 page paper arguing that the reason we have so much difficulty analyzing the character of Hamlet is that the actors portraying him are too old. Hamlet, this paper suggests, is an adolescent trying to find himself, and seen in this light many of his peculiarities make sense. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.
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Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick' vs. William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
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A 6 page paper in which the writer argues that through mad antics toward ‘the revenge plot,' both Ahab and Hamlet serve to bring the action in the two tragedies to their inevitable conclusions. In all aspects the characters' motivations are different. Ahab's madness is more focused and not within Ahab's control--he is unable to see beyond it. Hamlet's madness is feigned. The characters' decision-making abilities are also in contrast to each other, and their view of God, the Devil and responsibility to same also come from a divergent slant on the moralistic ideals behind their given situations. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Hamlet and The Odyssey
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An 8 page paper which compares and contrasts Hamlet and The Odyssey. These two classic tales were written in completely different times in history, as well as completely different regions of the world, and as such they are incredibly different in almost all aspects of consideration. Some of the aspects of the tales that are discussed include intent, substance, focus, cultural perspectives, and beliefs. Perhaps the most obvious difference between the two is that Hamlet is a tale of incredible depth and introspection while The Odyssey is primarily a tale of adventure and intrigue. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth / The Theme of Supernatural: Ghosts, and Witches
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In 5 pages, the author compares and contrasts the theme of supernatural in 'The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark' and 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' by William Shakespeare. In the plays, there are many themes. One of the most apparent themes in each play is that of the supernatural. There are ghosts in 'The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,' and there are a ghost, a floating dagger, three witches, and prophetic apparitions in 'The Tragedy of Macbeth.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Hamlet's Timelessness
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A 5 page discussion of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and how its themes remain timeless. Using a number of quotes from the play itself ,the writer shows us how the events that take place in Hamlet are really no different than those we love to watch in our own contemporary theater (and other media). It is therefore posited that today's audiences have every reason to be just as intrigued by the play as those who watched it during Shakespeare's own era. No Bibliography.
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Why Did Hamlet Wait To Kill Claudius?
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A 9 page paper analyzing Hamlet's delay in killing his uncle in Shakespeare's classic play. The paper argues persuasively that Hamlet was simply too sensitive for such a task, and his passion for play-acting (shown repeatedly throughout the play) created a buffer between himself and the task he had to do. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Shakespeare - The Closet Scene from Hamlet / An Analysis
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An 8 page research paper which specifically looks at the guilt or innocence of Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. The writer argues that Gertrude was, indeed, guilty of adultery due to the way in which this term was defined during the sixteenth century and that the closet scene between Gertrude and Hamlet deals specifically with her guilt. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Hamlet & His Stepfather
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A 5 page paper looking at the opposition between Hamlet and Claudius. The paper shows that Hamlet, despite his penchant for punning and his off-center personality, is almost always sincere; whereas Claudius, despite his poise and self-confidence, is almost always false. No additional sources cited.
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Hamlet & Othello, Shakespeare's Response to Women through Female Characters
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In 8 pages the author discusses Shakespeare's response to women through female characters in "Hamlet" and "Othello". "It is interesting to note the role of women in William Shakespeare's plays. Many of them are two-dimensional. They portrayals of subservient women. It is only in the close examination of his works that one is able to suppose his intent in creating characters that inspire that type of controversy. Two works, 'Hamlet' and 'Othello' stand out particularly well in regards to Shakespeare's use of female characters. Examination of these two plays, will show that Shakespeare, circumvented them by creating resolute female characters with a strong sense of self, although conforming to the contemporary attitudes of women at the same time." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Hamlet & Ophelia / Was Madness Real Or Feigned ?
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A 12 page paper which compares how madness is depicted in Shakespeare's Hamlet -- a calculated gesture on the part of Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father's death as opposed to Ophelia's real madness as a result of her many tragedies. Bibliography lists 8+ sources.
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Madness in "Hamlet" and "Death and the Maiden" / Analyzed
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This 5 page research paper examines the madness depicted in the main characters of Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, and Paulina Salas Escobar in Ariel Dorfman's play (and screenplay), Death and the Maiden. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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'Hamlet' vs. 'All The King's Men' / Maternal Relationships
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This 5 page research paper discusses the maternal relationships in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. Specifically discussed are the Oedipal implications between Prince Hamlet and Queen Gertrude; between Jack Burden and his mother and its consequences on their lives and relationships with others. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Religious Aspects Of "Hamlet" Analyzed
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This 5 page research paper examines whether or not Hamlet is a religious play. Specifically discussed are the play's religious implications, Hamlet's actions and the interpretation of their motives, and the presence of sin among all the main characters. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Character of Ophelia in "Hamlet"
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A 5 page essay on the role of Ophelia in "Hamlet." The writer explains how she is treated by other characters throughout the play and presents her as "the most innocent victim of Hamlet's revenge." Bibliography cites 5 supporting sources.
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Miranda of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" & Ophelia of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark/ Central to The Plays
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In 5 pages, the author discusses Miranda of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Ophelia of Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." At first glance, both Miranda from Shakespeare's "The Tempest," and Ophelia from " The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" appear to be peripheral and unsophisticated characters in plays that center on the plots and schemes of other characters. But closer evaluation shows that they both may in fact be read as central to the plays' plot and themes Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Question of Hamlet's Madness
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A 3 page paper discussing the possible reason Hamlet warns his friends in Act I not to be surprised at his 'antic disposition'. The paper suggests that Hamlet is not planning to feign madness; rather, he is afraid he is already going mad, and hopes that his friends' silence will buy him desperately needed time to plan his father's revenge. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Is Hamlet Mad?
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A 5 page paper looking at the question of Hamlet's sanity in Shakespeare's play. The paper argues that Hamlet was not mad, but seemed so on the basis of his behavior because he was unable to articulate his dilemma to anyone else. No additional sources cited.
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Shakespeare's Hamlet / Comparing Play To Movie
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6 pages in length. The striking resemblance between William Shakespeare's play Hamlet and the movie version starring Kenneth Branagh have separated this particular film adaptation apart from all others. Sir Laurence Olivier has been bestowed accolades for his screen performance, and Mel Gibson's rendition rendered him as an accomplished Shakespearean actor; however, none but Branagh's Hamlet have proven to possess the same intensity -- line for line -- that the original maintained. The writer discusses the similarities between Shakespeare's play and Branagh's movie. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Shakespeare's Use of Language in Hamlet
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A 5 page research paper that examines Shakespeare's extraordinary gift for language. The writer emphasizes Shakespeare's contributions to the English language as well as focusing on how Shakespeare used the character of the Ghost in Hamlet as a form of figurative speech. A portion of Hamlet is translated from old English into modern English. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Is Hamlet A Definitive Tragedy?
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A 4 page paper on Shakespeare's very complex play. Looking specifically at the play's resolution and the characterization of Hamlet, the paper analyzes this play in terms of the rules of classical tragedy put forth in Aristotle's Poetics. It argues that while Hamlet is unquestionably a tragedy from our point of view, it does not in several important respects conform to Aristotle's formula. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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Shakespeare's Hamlet / Poison in the Ear and Disease Images as a Representation of Loss & Torment
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This 5 page paper considers the symbols of the ear (or poison ear) and disease and rotting as elements in Hamlet, especially as they serve to demonstrate loss and torment. This paper focuses on the messages of the ghost, as they were conveyed to Hamlet, and how these messages poisoned his perspective and transformed the play. No additional sources cited.
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The Character of Ophelia and the Function She Serves in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which examines the characterization of Ophelia as an amoral girl who affirms Prince Hamlet's mistrust of all women in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, specifically concentrating on Act II, Scene ii and Act III, Scene i.
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Similarities and Differences in William Shakespeare's Tragedies "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"
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A 5 page paper which examines the similarities and differences between William Shakespeare's tragic plays, "Hamlet" and "Macbeth," specifically concentrating on the roles of the supernatural, the effect Ophelia and Lady Macbeth have on the main characters, and comparing and contrasting the protagonists Hamlet and Macbeth. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Cause Of Hamlet's Death
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A 5 page paper that discusses what led to Hamlet's death. The writer includes the issues of fate, the hierarchy, madness and the external forces that contributed to Hamlet's eventual death. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Hamlet and Oedipus
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The first interpretation of Hamlet as a young man in the grip of an Oedipus complex as outlined by Sigmund Freud was probably Ernest Jones' 1910 article Hamlet and Oedipus. Since then, a number of film and theatrical presentations have included this concept in their own interpretation of the great Shakespearean play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The psychological pressure that Hamlet is expected to confront and integrate is interfered with at a critical point in his development. Rather than making the adjustment to the adult stage where the sexual connotations of his parent's relationship can be synthesized so that his own feelings of jealousy and rage are expunged and the Father figure develops beyond idealization, his father dies. He is then placed in a situation where the definitions of his own unconscious incest is in conflict with the apparent incest between his mother and a new father figure. He is subsequently, and tragically, stuck in the Oedipal stage and is unable to negotiate the intellectual processing necessary to come to a healthy conclusion. This 7 page paper explores the myth of Oedipus, the interpretation of the myth by Freud and the appropriateness of the theory that Hamlet was suffering from a classic Freudian Oedipal complex. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Why Actors Long to Play Hamlet
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This 5 page report discusses what is often referred to as “the most difficult role ever written.” “Hamlet” is the role to which virtually all actors aspire. Each interpretation is always different from the one preceding it, since each actor and director sees the role differently. Audacity is an essential component in the make-up of any actor who takes on “Hamlet,” as are a great deal of more subtle qualities. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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A Soliloquy Analysis of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
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A 6 page paper which examines how the five soliloquies of Prince Hamlet illustrate the young man’s search for identity, in William Shakespeare’s play, "The Tragedy of Hamlet." Also considered is how the play would suffer if the soliloquies were not used.
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The Influence of Classical Philosophy on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
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A five page paper showing how the philosophy of Aristotle, Plato, and St. Augustine influenced Shakespeare in his characterization of Hamlet. The paper argues that over the course of the play, Hamlet moves from the position of a Platonist to an Augustinian to an Aristotelian. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Franco Zeffirelli's Film Version Of Hamlet
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This 6 page essay explores the interpretation of Shakespeare in the film Hamlet. A critical scene between Hamlet and his mother is analyzed for content and meaning.
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The Question of Heroism in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A five page paper analyzing the quality of heroism in William Shakespeare's play. The paper discusses the extent to which Old Hamlet, Claudius, Fortinbras, and young Hamlet could be considered heroic. No additional sources.
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Aristotle Would Have Loved Hamlet
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This six-page-paper presents a discussion on whether or not Hamlet and his fellow characters fit the description of Aristotle's tragic hero. Hamlet, as well as his stepfather and mother are held against the Aristotle benchmark and analyzed. Bibliography lists one source.
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The Two Sides of Hamlet, Before and After the Appearance of His Father's Ghost
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An 8 page paper which analyzes William Shakespeare's play, "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," in terms of the two sides of Prince Hamlet's personality, as revealed before the appearance of his father's ghost, and afterwards. No additional sources are used.
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Hamlet's Ophelia
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This 5 page paper argues that Ophelia, in Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark, is brought to a crisis of identity as a direct result of the intervention of the men in her life, including her father, her brother, Hamlet and Claudius. No additional sources are listed.
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Hamlet’s Depression
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A five page paper analyzing the main character’s motivation in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” The paper argues that Hamlet is deeply depressed, not mad as is often assumed, and that his symptoms are consistent with a diagnosis of depression. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and Prince Hamlet on the Nature of Man
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A 6 page paper which presents a creative dialogue between Beowulf, Sir Gawain and Prince Hamlet, in which the trio are sitting in a pub and argue about the nature of man, considering his purpose on earth, his challenges and the best way to meet those challenges, with an ultimate conflict resolution. Each argument will be presented in the context of the fictional character, citing appropriate quotes from the epic poem, “Beowulf,” the narrative romantic poem, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” and William Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Hamlet.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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No, Hamlet is Not Insane
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A 5 page analysis of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' looking carefully at Hamlet's speeches and behavior patterns to determine whether he is, in fact, mad. The paper points out that in the very first act, he warned his friends he might sham an 'antic disposition,' and he continues to do so throughout the play while he hatches his plot for revenge. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Freud’s Personality Theory & Hamlet
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A 5 page paper which examines Sigmund Freud’s personality theory, which laid the foundation for modern-day psychoanalysis in terms of one of literature’s most famous characters, Hamlet. Specifically considered are Freud’s interpretation of Hamlet, the effects of family and wider environment, an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of Freud’s theory and a consideration of important areas his theory overlooks. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Reversal & Recognition - The Classic Elements of Tragedy in Hamlet
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A 5 page paper that analyzes the classic concepts and elements of tragedy present in Shakespeare's Hamlet. This paper focuses on tragedy as an imitation of life, the capability of well-developed tragedy to evoke sympathy and fear, and the two elements of situation reversal & self-recognition. Shakespeare's use of all of these elements in Hamlet is presented and discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Willy Loman and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes
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A 6 page paper which illustrates how Shakespeare and Arthur Miller present their tragic heroes in "Hamlet" and "Death of a Salesman" respectively. The argument is presented that both men are struggling to do the right thing. They are both noble in many respects, but Hamlet appears more noble only because his presence is in the past in a romantic kingdom, while Willy is in more present times trudging along in a world we all know too well and therefor cannot fantasize about. Bibliography lists 7 additional sources.
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Is Revenge Too Much of ‘a Good Thing’ in Shakespeare’s "Hamlet?"
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A 5 page paper which evaluates the theme of revenge in William Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet.
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Performing Arts Review / 'Hamlet'
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A 4 page paper that provides an overview of the performance of Hamlet and considers the elements of plot development, staging, and character development as they serve to support the progression of the action as a whole.
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The Character of Hamlet
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A good 5 page analysis of character in which the writer posits that Shakespeare's Hamlet, a character of tragedian proportions, wanted to die, but could not do so simply because he was put in the role of an avenger. Several direct quotes and plenty of analytical insight provided. No Bibliography.
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Comic Relief in Hamlet
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A 6 page paper in which the writer identifies several comic scenes in Hamlet, demonstrates how Shakespeare was able to weave humor into this very heavy play, and discusses what this interplay of humor and melancholy says about Shakespeare's own philosophy. No additional sources cited.
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Anger Conflicts in Hamlet, Othello & King Lear
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A 3 page paper on the anger-based emotional conflicts in Shakespeare's works: Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. The basis for this anger and the results of the anger-induced behavior by the works' protagonists is presented within the family structure. Bibliography list 1 source.
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Shakespeare's Characterization of Hamlet
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A 10 page paper discussing why, although Shakespeare borrowed the basic plot line from older sources, Shakespeare's play is truly innovative. The paper puts forth the argument that Hamlet is too finely bred for the circumstances in which he finds himself and the role of avenger that his culture requires him to play, so he keeps trying out other roles, none of which are really him. Bibliography lists seven cited sources. FREE outline included !
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Hamlet's 'To Be or Not to Be' / Lines Analyzed
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This 5 page research paper examines the opening lines of Hamlet's famous soliloquy, 'To Be or Not to Be' to determine why those particular words are featured in Shakespeare's play. Specifically discussed are what the impact of this phrase on the scenes which follow. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Hamlet & Ophelia / ‘I Never Loved Thee'
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A 4 page paper analyzing the strange conversation between Hamlet and Ophelia right after his famous soliloquy. It shows how he is no longer seeing Ophelia as the girl he courted but as a representative of the female sex -- of which his treacherous mother is also a part. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Protagonist vs. the Antagonist in William Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet'
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A 5 page paper which defines the terms protagonist and antagonist, and then examines how they are depicted in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Character of Ophelia and the Function She Serves in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which examines the characterization of Ophelia as the innocent victim who has become a pawn in games of madness and revenge in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, specifically concentrating on Act II, Scene ii and Act III, Scene i.
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'Hamlet' and 'Othello' / Themes of Friendship & Betrayal
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This 5 page research paper discusses how the themes of friendship and betrayal are expressed in the William Shakespeare plays, Hamlet and Othello. Specifically discussed are how each theme is defined, developed and resolved (or not) over the course of each play among the different characters, and the images which further reinforces the themes. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Hamlet & Measure For Measure / The Power of Identity
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5 pages in length-- Focuses on Shakespeare's Ophelia (from Hamlet) and Mariana (from Measure For Measure). The writer notes that as similar as Ophelia and Mariana seem on the surface, however, their fates are very different. Ophelia has had every advantage in life -- nurturing, guidance, and love -- but Mariana is the one whose firm orientation to her goal will allow her to triumph. Bibliography lists four sources including the two plays.
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The Staging of Hamlet / Act III, Scene IV
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A 4 page paper exploring the scene where Hamlet kills Polonius from a theatrical/ staging perspective. It discusses the gestures, tone, costuming, groupings, movements, and exits and entrances to show how best to enhance the scene's theme. No additional sources cited.
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Hamlet & Othello / The Men
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A 5 page paper examining the main characters, Hamlet and Othello, of the same titled plays by Shakespeare. Both men, while coming from different backgrounds and holding different titles, are essentially made of the same stuff. They are bold and brave men who are full of passion and strength. They are good men with powerful morals. They know what is right and they fight for the truth and also for love. No additional sources cited.
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Hamlet: What Wont is Dead?
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In the play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Shakespeare, the very first scene heralds the entrance of an armed ghost that is later described as a spirit, an illusion and as an apparition. In the first scene he is marked as "In the same figure, like the king that's dead" by Bernardo. Marcellius replies, "Thou art a scholar, speak to it". That is how it should be - that scholars should address the dead, or, in this case, the use of the word, dead. This 5 page paper explores the uses of the word dead and the idea of death as it pertains to the play. No additional sources are listed.
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Hamlet : Death to the Third
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(5 pp) When thinking about the characters that die in Shakespeare's play Hamlet, we start counting by who is left standing, rather than who expires. Hamlet is the pivotal factor for all deaths; yet is appropriate to say that he "caused" any of them, or even his own? This discussion will explore the historic relationships of the characters (Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia) and attempt some conclusions about their influence on the death of Hamlet.
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“The theme of decay and corruption in Hamlet”
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A five page paper which looks at the main themes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with particular reference to the images of decay, corruption and poison which recur throughout the text. The way in which these images reflect both the degeneration of Denmark and the deterioration of Hamlet’s mental stability is examined, and how an obsession with the physical rather than metaphysical elements of death comes to motivate Hamlet’s thoughts and actions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Identity / The Cosmic Question in Hamlet
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A 5 page paper on Hamlet's search for identity in Shakespeare's play. It shows that this search, which people are forced to undertake at adolescence and repeat over and over throughout their lives, becomes for them the ultimate cosmic question. No additional sources.
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Poison in William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which considers the significance of poison in William Shakespeare’s most famous play, "Hamlet," to determine what it represents and why Shakespeare invoked its symbolism frequently throughout the play.
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Hamlet's Revenge / Caught Between Action & Conscience
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An 11 page paper showing that Hamlet was constitutionally unable to avenge his father's death by killing his uncle, and suggesting that the necessity of having to do so ultimately destroyed him. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Oedipus, Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet Analyzed
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This 6 page research paper compares and contrasts Shakespeare's Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet with Sophocles' Oedipus. Specifically discussed are the ironic literary settings exhibited in each play, as well as common tragic themes of betrayal, murder and suicide, providing quotations from the plays' texts to support argument. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Hamlet's Madness
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A 6 page essay on Hamlet's madness describing how his spirit undergoes a tragic development from the self - destructive negation of life and of heaven's purposes to a new affirmation of the advantageous sanctity of life. No Bibliography.
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The Character of Claudius in "Hamlet"
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A 5 page argumentative paper comparing and contrasting the characters of Claudius and Hamlet with specific emphasis on each of their moral values. Bibliography cites 5 supporting sources.
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Illustrations From Three Shakespeare Plays / Othello, Hamlet & Coriolanus
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In 5 pages, the writer takes illustrations from three plays: Othello, Hamlet, & Coriolanus and analyzes them with regard to the "presentational theater" according to Russ McDonald. No additional sources cited.
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The Character Of Gertrude (Queen) In Hamlet # 3
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A 4 page essay that posits Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, has a goal for happiness and lives in denial of anything that interferes with that goal. Despite the fact, that she has a notion that her first husband's death and her hasty marriage to his brother is the reason for Hamlet's madness, she continues to believe she has done nothing wrong. Her denial of reality leads to her own death.
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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' Film Vs. Film
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This 8 page paper analyzes two cinematic versions of William Shakepeare's masterpiece, "Hamlet," the 1948 film starring and directed by Laurence Olivier and the 1990 Franco Zeffirelli version which starred Mel Gibson, offering comparisons and contrasts of both films.
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Elizabethan Superstition And "Hamlet's" Ghosts
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5 pages in length. The connection between Elizabethan ghostly superstitions and the fact that Shakespeare's Hamlet is replete with their presence is no coincidence. The writer discusses that while there is much discussion and disagreement throughout the play as to whether or not the ghosts actually exist, there is no doubt that they endured partly as legitimate apparitions who plagued the well-being of every man's soul, as well as being nothing more than one's over active imagination. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Shakespeare's Hamlet / Tragic Elements Analyzed
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A 5 page paper which examines William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet to determine whether or not it possesses elements which qualify it as a tragedy (according to the classical Greek definition of Aristotle), and apply them as they would relate to the modern world. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Hamlet as a Tragic Hero
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9 pages worth of research and analysis illustrating Hamlet as a tragic hero. Includes introductory section describing much earlier sources of Shakespeare's play and some possible sources from which he might have taken his idea. Free outline included. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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The Agonies Of Hamlet
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A 7 page paper discussing Hamlet's personal response to the agonies of morality and over-analysis he suffers as he contemplates the murder of Claudius. No additional sources cited. Agony~1.wps
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Is Hamlet a Misogynist?
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This 10 page paper explores the possibility that the character of Hamlet, is a misogynist but concludes that he is not. Misogynist overtones as contained in the society are noted and compared and contrasted with misogyny today.The 'nunnery' scene is highlighted. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Hamlet / Appearance and Illusion Vs. Reality
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An 11 page paper describing the decrepancies between appearance or illusion vs. reality in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet." The writer attempts to show the conflict that develops as the title character attempts to relate his own ideas about reality with the illusions of reality that appear throughout the play. Bibliography lists 15 sources.
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'Everyman' and Shakespeare's Hamlet - Comparing the Medieval World View to the Modern
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This 5 page report discusses the fact that 'Hamlet' (1604) and 'Everyman' offer an excellent comparison between styles and dramatic license of their authors but even more clearly, they show the differing attitudes and visions of the world from the perspective of medieval times as compared to modern. The dark brooding prince compared to the hapless Everyman demonstrate a combination of self-absorption and helplessness in the face of the spiritual realm and the questions it provokes. No secondary sources.
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Themes in "Hamlet"
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A 3 page discussion of the theme of reality vs. illusion as it appears in Shakespeare's infamous "Hamlet." No Bibliography.
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Character Analysis of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
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An 8 page paper which analyzes Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet,' to define her character’s role within the play’s structure, considers Ophelia’s mental state from the beginning to the end of her life, and examines how she was mistreated by the other characters. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Imagery In Hamlet
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A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the most significant imagery in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' including a look at the importance of the ghost. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Imagery In Hamlet # 2
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This 5 page research paper examines William Shakespeare's use of imagery in his plays, focusing exclusively upon Hamlet. Specifically discussed are the dominant images of Christian religion, disease, and nature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Laertes & Fortinbras As Foils for Hamlet
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A 3 page essay discussing how the personalities and behaviors of Fortinbras and Laertes highlight and contrast with those of Hamlet. No additional sources cited.
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Shakespeare's Hamlet / Murder or Suicide?
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This 5 page paper argues that Hamlet, the character, actually committed suicide despite evidence to the contrary. The character's state of mind is analyzed along with perceptions about suicide in general. No additional sources cited.
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The Element of Tragedy in William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which examines the element of tragedy in William Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet (1601), and applies these tragic elements to modern world experience.
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Laurence Olivier's and Kenneth Branagh's Film Versions of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
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A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version of William Shakespeare's most famous play, Hamlet, with Kenneth Branagh's 1996 interpretation, specifically considering the soliloquies, and their importance to the dramatic action. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' / A Poor Ending
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This 4 page paper provides documentation to support a thesis that Shakespeare did not possess the skills to write a satisfactory ending for Hamlet. No additional sources cited.
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Dramatic Structures and Themes of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' 'Othello' & 'King Lear'
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A 5 page paper which compares the relationships between the themes and dramatic structures of three of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'/ Helpful Study Notes
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A 6 page document discussing various common study questions related to Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet.' No additional sources cited.
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'Hamlet' vs. 'The Prince' / The Dane & The Italian
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A 5 page paper comparing Machiavelli's 'Prince' and Shakespeare's 'Prince Hamlet.' The writer feels that both works represented important changing points in world culture. No additional sources cited.
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Oedipus & Hamlet
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An 8 page paper which compares and contrasts King Oedipus in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Shakespeare's prince, Hamlet. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Hamlet, King Lear and Oedipus Rex/A Comparison
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A 5 page comparison of "Hamlet," "King Lear," and "Oedipus Rex." The writer argues that while the three plays are, of course, totally different as to plot and characterization, they also have points of similarity. While such things as deception, murder and revenge create the prime motivating factors for tragedy, when these factors combine with the intense feelings that occur within familial relationships, they serve to intensify the tragic aspects of a narrative line. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Authenticity of Hamlet’s Ghost
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This 5 page paper focuses on the ghost in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and evaluates whether or not it is a true incarnation of the main character’s father or a Satanic creature. The paper concludes that indeed the ghost is authentic and backs up the thesis with quotes and details of the play. No additional sources cited.
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Analysis of Hamlet and Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet”
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A 5 page paper which examines the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia in order to better understand why Hamlet treats her the way he does. No additional sources are used.
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Sex, Love, and Violence in "Oedipus" and "Hamlet"
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A five page paper comparing Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" with Shakespeare's "Hamlet." The paper asserts that although many aspects of the dramatic form of Shakespearean plays were built upon principles codified by the ancient Greeks, Shakespeare's plays show much more insight into what it means to be human. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Ben Jonson’s “Every Man” and Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Comparing the Medieval World View to the Modern
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This 5 page report discusses the fact that “Hamlet” (1604) and “Every Man” (1599) offer an excellent comparison between styles and dramatic license of their authors but even more clearly, they show the differing attitudes and visions of the world from the perspective of medieval times as compared to modern. The dark brooding prince compared to the “Kno’wells” and “Brain-worm” demonstrate a certain cynical and somewhat sly boldness, in both humor and tragedy, that has faded as it evolved to the modern viewpoint. No secondary sources.
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Hamlet / Imagery
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In 5 pages, the author discusses how William Shakespeare uses imagery in the language of Hamlet. No other sources are cited.
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Comparison/ Huck Finn, East of Eden, The Hamlet
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An 11 page research paper that compares The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and The Hamlet by William Faulkner. The writer argues that while the protagonists from these novels are quite different, each author, to a certain extent, portrayed how the character of a young male might develop under adverse circumstances. Specifically, each of these young protagonists grew up exposed to what can be justifiably called some of the worst parenting depicted in American literature. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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The Betrayal of Hamlet
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A nine page paper looking at the psychological reasons William Shakespeare's Hamlet begins to mistrust people -- such as Ophelia -- who have never given him any reason to do so. The paper shows that he feels embittered and emasculated by his inability to avenge his father's death. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Hamlet's Sanity
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A 5 page paper which argues that while he seemed, under the surface, to be completely rational and methodical about his plans, Hamlet had lost some of his sanity, or perhaps never really had a grip on sanity. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.
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Hamlet's Soliloquy
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This 5 page essay provides a tutorial on summarizing and evaluating a critical essay on Hamlet by Philip Burton. No additional sources are listed.
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Revenge as a theme in Hamlet and Medea
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A Six page comparison of revenge as a theme in 'Hamlet' and 'Medea,' including the main characters' attitude toward revenge, the amount of control of outside, supernatural forces and the role of madness in the two works. Lists 4 references.
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Laurence Olivier’s and Kenneth Branagh’s Film Versions of William Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"
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A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film version of William Shakespeare’s most famous play, "Hamlet," with Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 interpretation, specifically considering the soliloquies, and their importance to the dramatic action. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: TGolibra.rtf

Hamlet: Tragic Hero.
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This 5 page paper examines the role of Hamlet as tragic hero; and discusses this tragedy as a "play within a play," as well as the role of the major character as victim, or seeker of revenge. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Shakespeare's "Hamlet": Imagery
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6 pages in length. The entire reason that literature exists is to present an image through the written word. Thus, imagery is a critical element to literary verse. Words represent virtually everything in a play, including inanimate objects, concepts, emotions, activity, mental conditions and senses. Truly, one takes in such a production with all of one's perception: visual; olfactory; tactile; auditory; gustatory; abstract; and kinesthetic; therefore, it would be prudent to surmise that the imagery in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is effectively represented by a ghostly apparition symbolizing superstition and fear of the unknown. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Portrayal of Women in Hamlet
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This 5 page paper looks at the way in which the female roles in Hamlet are developed in comparison to previous depictions of the same story and other Shakespeare plays. The aspect of weakness and evil is emphasised, whilst the results of the women's decisions are shown to result in tragedy. The bibliography cites 3 sources.
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The Function of Laertes in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A five page paper looking at this minor character in William Shakespeare's play. The paper traces Laertes' behavior and motivations throughout the play, and analyzes the way he shows up Hamlet's weaknesses and accentuates his virtues. No additional sources.
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Hamlet and Daisy Miller
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The notion of 'identity' is often interwoven with both status and character. In literature, the 'identity' of a character is developed through a number of literary devices such as dialogue, observation or the opinions of others. This 2 page paper compares and contrasts the identity of Shakespare's Hamlet and Henry James' Daisy Miller. No additional sources are listed.
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Hamlet; A Character Analysis
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This 5 page paper argues the hypothesis that Hamlet saw himself in a god like manner throughout the play, even before he discovered the cause of his fathers death. This is argued by looking at his actions, words and his general behaviour and is then further evidenced by direct quotes from the play. The bibliography cites 1 source.
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Love and Tragedies in Shakespeare's Plays : Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet
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In 10 pages, the author discusses the love and tragedies of William Shakespeare's plays, focusing on "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," "The Tragedy of Macbeth," "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice," and "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." Bibliography lists 14 sources.
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Claudius As a Sympathetic Character in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which considers how Claudius reveals himself to be a sympathetic character in five cited instances of William Shakespeare's tragic play, "Hamlet." No additional sources are used.
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Analysis of William Faulkner’s “The Hamlet”
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A 7.5 page paper which analyzes William Faulkner’s novel, 'The Hamlet,' specifically as it chronicles the transition from the “Old South” to the “New South.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Three Interpretations of Ophelia’s ‘Mad’ Scene (Act IV, Scene V) in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
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A 9 page paper which examines three interpretations of Ophelia’s famous ‘mad’ scene in William Shakespeare’s tragic play, "Hamlet," including renowned Shakespearean scholar Andrew Cecil Bradley, science-fiction author Isaac Asimov, and Victorian stage actress Helena Faucit, who played Ophelia throughout Europe during the late nineteenth century. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Loneliness and Alienation in William Shakespeare's Play, "Hamlet" and in Emily Dickinson's Poem, "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain" (#280)
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A 6 page paper which examines the relevance of loneliness and alienation in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet" and Emily Dickinson's poem, "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain" (#280) in terms of man's situation in the contemporary world, specifically considering theme, incident, character, symbolism and atmosphere.
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A Comparison of Themes In Hamlet and Othello
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This five-page-paper compares the similar theme of betrayal that runs constantly through the Shakespearean plays Hamlet and Othello. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Dramatic Irony in "The Dumb Waiter" and "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which discusses the play "The Dumb Waiter," by Harold Pinter, and illustrates its similarities to Hamlet in regards to dramatic irony. No additional sources cited.
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Dramatic Structures and Themes of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Othello” & “King Lear”
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A 5 page paper which compares the relationships between the themes and dramatic structures of three of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, "Hamlet," "Othello" and "King Lear." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Honor, Hamlet And Henry V
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Shakespeare, in the plays Henry V and Hamlet, has given a number of distinct definitions of what honor is and how people have the choice to act and react honorably or not. This 6 page paper explores the meaning of honor and examines these two plays in terms of how honor is portrayed. No additional sources are listed.
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Hamlet And Laertes
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On the surface, Hamlet and Laertes, from the play by William Shakespeare, are very similar in disposition and modes of behavior. One would think that the level of similarities would bring them together, however, during the course of the play, the two are seen as opposed rather than as compatriots. This 2 page paper explores the relationship between the two characters. No additional sources are listed.
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The Characters of Hamlet and Laertes in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts two of Shakespeare's tragic characters. No additional sources are used.
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Hamlet adaptation and explanation
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A 17 page research paper that begins with an short original adaptation of Shakeskpeare's Hamlet. Set in the present day, the writer explores the way that Hamlet and Ophelia might interact under today's social influences. Then the writer offers an explanation of why the adaptation took this particular form, using it to extrapolate on Elizabethan society and how societal standards affected the structure of Hamlet. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Analysis of How Act II, Scene II of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” Works Within the Context of the Entire Play
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A 6 page paper which examines Rosencrantz and Guilderstern’s response to King Claudius and Queen Gertrude, Claudius’ response to the play, “The Murder of Gonzago,” and Hamlet’s response, or lack thereof to the Ghost. Specifically considered will be how this scene exemplifies Hamlet’s difficulties in responding to Old Hamlet’s ghost’s sense of crisis. No additional sources are used.
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“Madness in Hamlet”
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A five page paper which looks at the theme of madness in Hamlet, in relation to Hamlet himself, Ophelia and Claudius, and the different ways in which they react to the pressures and stresses which they suffer in the course of the play. Bibliography lists 2 sources
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The Great Gatsby and Hamlet Compared
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This 5 page paper compares and contrasts these two works, with a focus on specific characters. Nick Carraway is compared to Hamlet and Tom Buchanan is compared to Claudius. Thematic elements are also discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Hamlet's Use of "King" and "Denmark"
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A 7 page paper which discusses the importance and symbolism of the words "King" and "Denmark" in Shakespeare's Hamlet. No additional sources cited.
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Shakespeare's Selfish Fathers
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A 6 page paper showing the prevalence of the motif of the self-serving father in Shakespeare's plays. It particularly examines Prospero from The Tempest, Lord Capulet from Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet's two fathers from Hamlet. Bibliography lists one source.
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Women in Literature
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Examples from Hamlet and Candide : This 5 page paper focuses on the characters Gertrude, from Hamlet, and Cunegonde from Candide, to assess how women were portrayed in each of these great pieces of literature. An attempt is made to explain why the authors likely portrayed their female characters in a poor light and the phenomenon is discussed in a general sense as well. The works discussed are the only sources listed.
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Hamlet and Ophelia as "Seekers of Truth"
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(5 pp) The two-part question for our discussion is first, Hamlet's relationship with Ophelia, and then second who is responsible for Ophelia's death. Then we will make some possible conclusions about the relationship of truth and death in this tragedy by Shakespeare.
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Comparative Analysis of Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" and William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which considers the confident arrogance of Oedipus and Hamlet, how when illusion collides with reality, each protagonist is forced, through their development as human beings, to undergo a profound reappraisal of his position in the universe. Specifically considered is whether or not the truth set these heroes free. No additional sources are used.
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Hamlet's Act I Soliloquy
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A 5 page paper discussing the use of language and purpose in the scene 5 soliloquy of the ghost of Hamlet's father. Shakespeare leaves no doubt as to the ghost's and Hamlet's perception of the circumstances surrounding the king's death. The king asks for and receives a commitment from Hamlet to avenge the king's death in a manner that will be the most horrifying to those responsible, placing no limitations on Hamlet's actions against his uncle. He wants his wife to suffer longer, however, and he gives Hamlet reprieve from the sin of murdering his own mother. No other sources.
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Basic Film Review / Hamlet / The Film
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A 2 page essay on this movie starring Mel Gibson. The writer gives a personal response and feeling for the film.
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Shakespeare's Proto-Feminism In 'Antony and Cleopatra' and 'Hamlet'
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A 10 page paper discussing the character of Shakespeare's women in these two plays. The paper specifically contrasts Cleopatra and Ophelia, and discusses whether the Bard was a proto-feminist. No additional sources cited.
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Sexuality In Othello, Hamlet, And Anthony & Cleopatra
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A 12 page paper describing Shakespeare's use of sexuality in three of his plays. The writer explores the themes of incest, adultery, interracial love, and obsession. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Character Of Gertrude (Queen) In Hamlet # 2
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This 4 page analysis explores this important character's psychological makeup, motivations and relationships as she is portrayed in the Shakespearian tragedy.
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Ophelia's Mental Changes in Hamlet
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A well-developed 10 page paper tracing the mental changes Ophelia displays as she slowly goes mad during the course of the story. Bibliography lists 6 supporting/critical sources. FREE outline included with paper!
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The Character of Claudius in 'Hamlet'
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A 6 page explication of Claudius' significance in the play. Writer discuss the evolution of his character throughout the story, etc; Bibliography cites 4 outside sources.
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William Shakespeare's "Hamlet": Is He Really Mad?
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5 pages in length. For the typical individual, believing in ghosts was akin to presuming that the apparitions were Satan taking on the appearance of the dead in a jeopardizing fashion. William Shakespeare's Hamlet also adopts such application, particularly in the first half of the play, which is both obvious and veiled at the same time; no one wants to assume responsibility for seeing the ghost when it initially reveals itself. In fact, in the very first act, Hamlet warned his friends that he might sham an antic disposition, continuing to do so throughout the play as he plots his revenge. Does the fact that Hamlet's ability to see the ghost make him mad? Or does he only appear to be mad because he has no one with whom to relate these unsettling experiences? Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Role of Women in Hamlet & Canterbury Tales
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An 8 page paper examining the way women are portrayed in Shakespeare's and Chaucer's works. The paper concludes that both these authors treat women with singular well-roundedness, exhibiting a deep understanding of the female psyche. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Tragic Flaws Of Hamlet And Oedipus
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A 5 page paper on these two classic plays by Shakespeare and Sophocles. This paper analyzes both plays to determine what makes them tragedies, what their heroes have in common, how they are different, and the dynamics that make each play work.
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Hamlet's Search for His Identity
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This 5 page paper evaluates Shakespeare's Hamlet. The protagonist is examined through the use of his soliloquies to see how he searches for his own identity and the nature of man. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Parallels in Golding's "Lord of the Flies" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A six page paper comparing these two works in terms of their thematic and literary similarities. Characterization is discussed extensively, along with personification, irony, simile, metaphor, and allegory. The paper concludes that both Shakespeare and Golding show that our worst enemy is often us. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Villainy in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "Othello"
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A seven page paper looking at these two works by William Shakespeare in terms of the depth of evil in their villains, Claudius and Iago. The paper notes that the best and most effective villains are those who are not completely black, but who contain shades of gray; the most effective evil does not come from the villain alone, but from the personality clashes engendered by the conflict in which the villain and hero find themselves engaged. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Macbeth and Hamlet
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A 5 page paper which compares the characters of Macbeth and Hamlet from the plays of Shakespeare. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.
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Gertrude's Guilt in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which examines examples from the play's text which establish Gertrude's guilt as an adulteress and a conspirator in the death of her husband, King Hamlet. No additional sources are used.
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet
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A Melancholy Character; This 5 page paper considers the way in which Hamlet can be seen as a melancholy character and the way that distinction between rationality and irrationality and between normality and abnormality, start to crumble in this characters representation. The bibliography cites 4 sources.
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The Filmed Versions of Hamlet
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This 3 page paper looks at the authenticity of the 1948 and 1997 versions of this Shakespearean work and compares and contrasts them. Both are compared to the play as well. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Hamlet's Tragic Flaw
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This 6 page paper takes the position that Hamlet's tragic flaw was his extreme emotionality. Several examples are noted including his dying words and a confrontation with Ophelia. No additional sources cited.
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Character Analysis of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and "Hamlet"
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A 5 page paper which examines how William Shakespeare's comic and tragic characterizations relate to our modern world. No additional sources are used.
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Women in "Hamlet"
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An 8 page research paper that examines the way that women are portrayed in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The writer argues that in looking at this subject one should consider the role of women within the context of Elizabethan society, and that knowledge of the role that women played in society during this era can be illuminating as to the meanings that Shakespeare intended for his play. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Hamlet's Indecisiveness
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A five-page paper analyzing the many instances in which the title character of Shakespeare's classic play postpones decisive action. The paper asserts that in the long run, this procrastination causes more injustice and hurts more people than an early decisive action would have done. No additional sources.
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Hamlet-Not Your Two Dimensional Kind of Guy.
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(5 pp) It has been suggested, that the play Hamlet is primarily a tragedy because Hamlet is not up, to the task assigned to him by the ghost. He simply is not the medieval two-dimensional hero who performs acts of revenge blindly." We are using that thought as a base for discussion of this Shakespearean play. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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“Hamlet” – Still Debated After All These Years
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“Hamlet” – Still Debated After All These Years: This 6-page essay examines a number of critics’ opinions relevant to some of Shakespeare’s themes in “Hamlet.” Undoubtedly, this play and most all of the Bard’s work will continue to be a prime source of much armchair discourse for additional centuries to come. Bibliography lists 5 sources. SNHamlet.doc
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The Tragic Elements of Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King,” William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet,” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”
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A 5 page paper which examines how three elements of tragedy and of the tragic hero apply to the protagonists of King Oedipus, Prince Hamlet, and Amanda Wingfield. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Masks of Hamlet
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(5 pp.) When some thing is "masked" we cannot tell who or what it really is. Our premise is that Hamlet is a play of many masks. In this discussion we shall look at the major ones. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Journeys in Three Shakespearean Plays
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A 5 page paper on the topic of the journey as depicted in Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. The writer notes that in every case, the literal journey encompasses only a very tiny section of the play; but the hero's departure and return at that precise point in the plot has great significance to the outcome of the story as a whole. Bibliography lists one source.
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Shakespeare's Ophelia and Mariana / The Power of Identity
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A 6 page analysis of these two characters from 'Hamlet' and 'Measure for Measure'. It notes that as similar as Ophelia and Mariana seem on the surface, however, their fates are very different. Ophelia has had every advantage in life -- nurturing, guidance, and love -- but Mariana is the one whose firm orientation to her goal will allow her to triumph. Bibliography lists four sources including the two plays.
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Shakespeare Put to Music
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A 5 page paper which examines the whether or not the musical works of Verdi's 'Macbeth' and 'Otello' ('Othello'), Mendelssohn's incidental music for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Tchaikovsky's fantasy overture and incidental music for 'Hamlet,' and Cole Porter's 1948 musical, 'Kiss Me, Kate' (based on 'The Taming of the Shrew') capture the quality and mood of the Shakespeare plays which inspired them, or merely echo their plots. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Anti-Feminism In Five Tales
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A 5 page paper that reviews Sir Gawain, Wife of Bath (Chaucer), Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing in light of the anti-feminine treatment of its women characters. The writer argues that fear of the feminine in these tales leads to the necessity for control of the feminine. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Sin in British Literature
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A 15 page analysis of the theme of sin as developed in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Milton's Paradise Lost. It examines first the theme as presented in the Book of Genesis, looks at St. Paul's explication of it in the book of Romans, then shows how the three British writers mentioned above either supported or rejected it. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Masters of the Art - The Makings of Literary Masterpieces
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A 5 page paper that examines the elements needed to produce a literary masterpiece. Included as examples are Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Homer's 'Odyssey', and the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: LCMaster.doc

Shakespeare's ‘Renaissance Gentleman'
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A 4 page paper which provides the student with an imaginative reenactment of William Shakespeare's commentary on how he expressed humanism in his quintessential Renaissance man, Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Shakespeare's Use of Word-Plays
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An 18 page paper which examines the ways in which William Shakespeare used word-plays (puns) for erotic, humorous and ironic purposes. Specific plays discussed include Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Filename: TGwspuns.rtf

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