This assignment is based on the book
– Hamlet; Second Norton Critical Edition by William Shakespeare and edited by Robert S. Miola. After having read all the acts and scenes, you must formulate a well-developed 4 page double-spaced, response paper with MLA citation. I will paste 4 question options below, and you must choose ONE question to FULLY answer ALL ASPECTS of with strong analyzation and good quotes to back up your words. Throughout the response in addressing/exploring the full question, you must address the full text as a whole by including examples, quotes, and analysis from the BEGINNING, MIDDLE, and CONCLUDING acts of the play. No matter what option you choose, answer it using evidence from each part of the text (beginning, middle and end) DO NOT JUST FOCUS ON ONE ACT OR SCENE.
Be sure to engage critically and analytically with the text. Your response should include an intro with a THESIS and a conclusion. In body paragraphs: avoid excessive plot summary; you must incorporate quotes from the text, and make sure to follow quotes with your own analysis to “prove” your points/themes being discussed.
WHEN CITING HAMLET THROUGHOUT THE PAPER; List ACT, SCENE, AND LINE(S, separated by periods, enclosed in parenthesis (page numbers not included), at the close of the quoted sentence. Example – (1.4.145).
Please write the paper to sound very professional, and not sloppy. It has to be well-detailed, and show a strong comprehension of the book. USE DETAILS.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOUR OPTIONS BELOW; ANSWER FULLY ALL PARTS; —
Option 1): An important element of tragedy is often hamartia, the notion that the central character’s downfall is brought about by a tragic flaw, or failing of his or her character. Does Hamlet have such a flaw? If so, name it and write a response supporting your contention. Show clear evidence of his flaw and how it influences his words, actions, conflicts throughout the play. Is Hamlet a tragic but heroic figure or an anti-hero, without heroic characteristics? Base your argument on what the play reveals through Hamlet’s words and actions. You must address the entire play in your response, including examples, quotes, analysis from significant parts in the beginning, middle, and concluding acts of the play. —
Option 2): Explore Hamlet’s conflict as a man caught between two worlds—the old medieval world of his father, where everything was fixed and unchanging, where there was an absolute certainty about an afterlife and a final Judgment; and the emerging Renaissance age, centered around the Individual and Reason, where there were no absolute certainties. For example: you might explore Hamlet as an existentialist, a prototype of a modern European man. Explore the nature of his dilemma and how this conflict influences/shapes his character/ interactions/ actions and/or lack of action in the play. You must address the entire play in your response, including examples, quotes, analysis from significant parts in the beginning, middle, and concluding acts of the play. —
– Option 3): Analyze Ophelia’s role in the play. There are many ways scholars read her character. Some critics see Ophelia as an innocent victim of the corruption and deception at work in this play, and view her as a tragic female figure without power, caught in the web of a patriarchal society. Do you agree or disagree? Consider also how her character contributes to our understanding of the other characters (specifically, Hamlet), as well as our understanding of the play’s central themes. You must address the entire play in your response, including examples, quotes, analysis from significant parts in the beginning, middle, and Ophelia’s final inclusion in the play. —
Option 4) A pivotal scene in Hamlet is the “play within a play” designed to entrap Claudius. But many of the characters are “play-acting,” and many other scenes echo the dominant theme of illusion and deceit. Trace the motif of seeming, illusion, and deceit as opposed to sincerity, being real, reality, and honesty and illustrate this underlying duplicity and its significance throughout the play. You must address the entire play in your response, including examples, quotes, analysis from significant parts in the beginning, middle, and concluding acts of the play. Please choose the one you are confident you can write the absolute best on. As mentioned, you must engage with the whole play from beginning, middle and end, and use examples/quotes accordingly, cited the right way.
MUST BE WELL AND SOPHISTICATED WRITING AND ANALYZATION. Thank you so much.