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Hamlet – Essay Topics

Read through the following essay topics and choose ONE for your final essay.  After formulating a basic thesis about your answer to the question, go back to the play and find at least 4 examples from the text to support your thesis.  You will need to quote these lines in your analysis and make sure to explain their importance as well. This essay will need to be a minimum of three pages, 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman 12 font. 

1. Think about Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia. Does he love her? Does he stop loving her? Did he ever love her? What evidence can you find in the play to support your opinion?

2. Throughout the play, Hamlet claims to be feigning madness, but his portrayal of a madman is so intense and so convincing that many readers believe that Hamlet actually slips into insanity at certain moments in the play. Do you think this is true, or is Hamlet merely play-acting insanity? What evidence can you cite for either claim?

3. The character Claudius has been compared to Macbeth. How similar are these two characters? In what ways are they similar?  Cite text from both plays to support your answer.

 Due Dates:

Rough Draft for peer edit:  Thursday, May 24

Final Draft: Thursday, May 31 (to be corrected for second final draft)

Thursday, May 10
Still waiting for the Act V work from some of you.  I'd like to have everything posted so that you can use it to review for the seminar tomorrow.  If you can't get onto the page, e-mail me your work.

For Tuesday, May 8
We're finishing up the play this week!
Questions for Act V are due on Wednesday (I'm giving you one extra day) and summaries and paraphrases are due Friday.

*We will have a LIVE Socratic Seminar in Bamako on Friday, May 11 at the one-room schoolhouse at 10 am.  Start preparing questions.  One basic comprehension question, one lit. analysis question (must be about specific literary devices from the list below) and one "aha" question that goes deeper into character analysis or plot and ties your section into the rest of the play.  You each have two sections of the play to cover, so that's six questions each, total.

Act I - Nana
Act II - Nazirou
Act III - Konandji
Act IV Sc 1-4 Nana
Act IV Sc 5-7 Konandji
Act V - Nazirou

Thursday May 3/Friday May 4
And here we go again with the technical difficulties.  Thanks for your patience.  And thanks for sending me your work.  Good job with Act III.  Now we're moving on to Act IV.  By the end of the day on Friday, I'd like all the work for Act IV.  Again, if you can post the answers, go ahead and post them.  Otherwise, e-mail them to me.  Paraphrases and summaries should be e-mailed.

It may be helpful to hear the play as you read.  Check out this link:

Friday, April 27
Sorry, sorry, sorry about the discussions page.  When I get back to Bamako, we'll get this straightened out.  For the rest of Act III, if you can post the answers to the questions yourself, then go ahead and do it.  Otherwise, e-mail me the answers.  As for the summaries and paraphrases, I'd like them e-mailed to me, please.  Thanks.

Thursday, April 26
OK, I don't have all the questions for Act II - are you guys having a hard time with the discussions page?  Please write me if you can't get on to this page. I should also have all the summaries of paraphrases for Act II.  Please send these.

For today, you are starting on Act III.  The earlier questions should be up by the end of the day today.  The rest of Act III is due on Friday, so I should have all of the Act II work in by the end of the day tomorrow. 

*Special notice
Djenabou has left us and joined ISD, so please see the changed version of questions, summaries and paraphrases below.

Tuesday, April 24
Answers for Act II are due today, as are summaries and paraphrases.  I'll expect to see the answers to the questions posted on the discussions page.  You can send me the paraphrases and summaries.  Thanks!

Friday, April 20
Internet problems today - sorry guys.  This weekend, you should continue in Hamlet.  Act II part one was for today - to be finished for Tuesday.  I will expect to see the answers to your questions posted by Tuesday afternoon for all of Act II - and the summaries and paraphrases should be sent by then as well.  Again, enjoy the play with all its intricacies and use the links below to help with your comprehension and enjoyment.  I really wish we could be discussing this live!!

For Thursday, April 19
Finish Act I - all questions posted.  Those who are assigned a summary or paraphrase for Act I should either attach the word doc to the discussion page, or e-mail it to me and I will post it.  These are also due by the end of the day on Thursday.  Great work on your discussion so far.  Go ahead and dig deep into the psychological aspects of this book - there are a lot of them.  Also, notice the literary devices used by Shakespeare throughout the play.  We will have a quiz on these halfway through the unit.

The following links will be useful (and really fun) once you get further into the play.  Or you can watch them now for a laugh and then watch them again later once you finish the play.
http://paoloesquivel.multiply.com/video/item/4 (Simpsons Hamlet)
http://madshakespeare.com/2010/01/youtub-pick-three-minute-hamlet/ (Three-minute Hamlet)

And here's another helpful link to help you understand the puns and paradoxes of the play:

April 17 - HAMLET!
See the attachments below for the Hamlet unit.  Your first assignment is due Tuesday (Read the background and write one question about it for the others to answer.  Post this on the discussion page and read Act I sc. 1-3 and answer the appropriate questions in the discussion questions attachment).  You can post by hitting the "Edit" button at the top of the page and then writing your answers in on the page.

Discussion Questions (In those acts where there are more than four questions, please answer a second one, as indicated below)

For each act, answer the questions as they come up in our reading.  Edit the discussion page and post the answers right on that page, so that we can all see them.  If you want to add to someone else's answer, just put your name next to your addition.

Nana– number 1, 4

Konandji – number 2, 5, 6

Naz – number 3, 7, 8



Act I – Nazirou (for April 19)

Act II – Nana (Apr 26)*

Act III – Konandji (Apr 27)

Act IV – Konandji (May 3)

Act V – Nana (Tuesday, May 8)



Act I sc 2: Hamlet’s first soliloquy (line s129-160) – Nana (Apr 19)

Act II sc 2 line 164-209 -  Konandji (Apr 24)

Act III sc 1: Hamlet’s famous soliloquy (lines 57-92) – Nazirou (Apr27)

Act IV sc 3 (Line 18-40) – Nana (May 3)

Act V sc 2 (line 299-361) – Nazirou (Tuesday, May 8)

April 6

Letter to Twain - REMINDER:  DUE TOMORROW, APRIL 13!

Imagine that you are a white slave owner who has just read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Write a letter to the author, Mark Twain, explaining your reactions.  Specifically, talk about whether or not your attitude towards slavery has changed, and if so, what in the book changed your mind?  If not, why did the book fail to change your mind.  For voice, remember to get into the persona of your speaker rather than talking as a student who is analyzing a book.  Your letter should be at least a page long.  The rough draft is due next Wednesday (send directly to a peer editor), and the final draft is due next Friday.

April 3 - Prepare for Socratic Seminar Thursday (if no class on Thursday, we will use the discussion page here for the seminar).  The test will be Friday, Insh'allah.

Please write questions for the following chapters:

Nazirou - chp 1-15
Djenabou - chp 16-30
Konandji - chp 31-43 plus afterward

Three basic comp questions, three literary analysis questions, three opinion questions.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Finish the book during the break and prepare for Socratic Seminar upon return from break.
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