Outlines for the English exams..
Question One: In the final scene of Hamlet, Hamlet observes. “His madness is poor Hamlets enemy”. Evaluate that statement and discuss whether Hamlet’s decision to adopt an “antic disposition” aids or impedes his revenge. Your answer should discuss both what Hamlet gains through this strategy as well as what he loses. * Thesis: In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet adopts an “anti disposition” strategy to help achieve his revenge but Hamlet gets carried away and his strategy leads to his downfall and that of others. * Main point one: In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare uses the theme of deception which is seen mostly in the character of Hamlet. Hamlet uses the “anti disposition” strategy to revenge his fathers’ death but he over did the strategy which impeded his revenge. * Hamlet lost his first objective which he made at the beginning * It caused his death and also the death of a lot of innocent people. * Main point two:
Question Two: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” says Marcellus in
Hamlet. Both Hamlet and Oedipus the King suggest a relationship between the state and the king. In what ways do both texts portray a land that is diseased? What does each text suggest about both the cause of and the cure for the disease? * Thesis: The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles portrays kings who are the cause of the disease and rottenness of their land and the cure for the disease is the death of the kings. * Main Point one: In Oedipus the King the relationship between the state and the king is the both the cause and the cure of the problem of the people of Thebes. * Main Point two: Similarly in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the relationship between the state and the king is both the cause and the cure Question Three: One of the most significant relationships humans experience is the one...
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