“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Evaluate Hamlet's actions, thought process, decisions, and come up with a conclusive diagnosis. Is he a psychopath? Sociopath? Schizophrenic? Or is he an entirely sane man bent on revenge who suffers from a slight case of Oedipus complex (Freud surely believed so)? Then again, may be there is nothing wrong with him at all, and he is just pretending to be crazy.
Your paper must be 4-6 pages long, based on at least three different sources. Only one source can be a website; the rest must come from printed/published sources (many of them are available through online databases). I highly recommend to utilize our Media Center- we have an abundance of printed sources there, and Mrs. Holyfield will be more than happy to help you.
The final paper must be typed and written in APA format (see the "Writing Resources" tab on the left for a link to a comprehensive overview of APA style).
To clarify any confusion:
1. Although the cover page IS numbered in APA format as page one, it does not count towards the required length of the assignment, neither does the last page- Resources. The 4-6 pages length refers to content only.
2. If you are having a hard time coming up with 4 pages, remember that the best argument always anticipates and refutes possible objections.
3. You do not need to have an abstract (a one paragraph summary of the paper that precedes the paper itself) it is usually reserved for much longer assignments/research papers.
4. You paper will be graded on the following:
FCA: The essay follows APA format (20 p.)
FCA: The essay adequately
synthesizes at least three reliable sources and effectively blends research with
argument (20 p.)
FCA: The argument is aptly and effectively
supported with specific evidence from the original text (20 p.)
FCA: Length, Style, Organization, Conventions (20 p.)
Monday, April 20, 2015:
1. Look over the resources on the historical/cultural context of the play-assignments 1a through 1e below.
2. Read the play on p. 1395. It is a longer work-do not think you can do it all in one night. YOU MUST COMPLETE A DIALECTICAL JOURNAL FOR THIS PLAY. The plot is complex- you will need to track and record your observations/thoughts,
3. Complete the final discussion questions-assignment 2 below.
4. Plan to discuss on Friday, April 28th.
Resources to download
1. Consider reviewing the following resources to get a better insight into plot and characters:
a. Character relationship web:
b. A brief synopsis of the play:
c. A brief insight into Hamlet's character:
d. Hamlet and his friends:
e. A brief analysis of female characters:
2. Download and compete the final discussion questions: