Writing Prompts for
Hamlet Prince of Denmark
Watch Hamlet (Mel Gibson version)
EXAMPLE = http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/essay.html
You would not want to make an argument of this sort:
Shakes peares Hamlet is a play about a young man who seeks revenge.
That doesnt say any thing its basically just a summary and is hardly debatable.
A better thesis would be this:
Hamlet experiences internal conflict because he is in love with his mother.
That is debatable controversial even. The rest of a paper with this argument as its thesis will be an attempt to show using specific examples from the text and evidence from scholars (1) how Hamlet is in love with his mother (2) why hes in love with her and (3) what implications there are for reading the play in this manner. [Example from Purdues OWL]
Papers are to be typed double-spaced using MLA-style documentation. You do not need a cover page a 75-100 word abstract (as a separate page or blocked off paragraph) 1250-1500 words in the essay (thats 5-6 pages) and a works cited page IF you have secondary sources. Please make sure to include a word count at the end of the abstract AND at the end of the essay.