Hamlet Essay

| January 7, 2016

Essay Topics

The American novelist, John Irving, says said about his work The World According to Garp, that it is “a life-redeeming work in

which everybody dies. Comment on the extent to which the same might be said of Hamlet.
Locate a copy of Tragedy and Philosophy by Walter Kaufmann. Read the relevant sections of the text (Chapter 9) and decide which of

the philosopher’s views comes closest to your own regardingHamlet.
One of the inevitable and time-honoured questions asked about Hamlet focuses on the question of his insanity, whether he has put on

an “antic disposition” or whether he is truly insane. Discuss whether you believe Hamlet is putting on an “antic disposition” or

whether you believe he is truly insane. Consider the following questions in preparing your response, but do not answer them

What is sanity or insanity?
How people know whether they are sane or insane?
If an individual lives entirely on his or her own, how can that person determine whether she or he is insane or sane?
Does one have to be insane to take another person’s life? To commit murder?
Is Hamlet sane or insane during this act of the play?
While many have discussed Shakespeare’s work in Freudian analyses, C.G. Jung, one of Freud’s younger colleagues also interests many

readers. Click on the link below, which contains an essay by Dr. C. George Boeree on Jungian personality theory. Read the short

sections, “Introversion” and “Extraversion” and “The Functions.” The second link, “The Personality Theory of Carl Jung,” provides

similar information in a different format. Read the articles, then decide and argue (in proper essay format) how Jung’s theories might

be applied to three major characters in the play.

Carl Jung Personality Theories
The Personality Theory of Carl Jung

You have collected evidence, created a Mind Map, had feedback on your thesis, and have revised your first draft of your essay. Are you

ready to hand your essay in for evaluation?

Once it is evaluated, import it into your ePortfolio and add it to your HamletCollection.

Length: 4-5 pages or 1000-1250 words double-spaced

Category: Essay

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