400-500 word essay ( 3-4 pages, 3-4 literary criticisms)
Determine the specific focus of your paper, deciding on the particular character you feel comfortable analyzing.
Choose from King Hamlet’s Ghost, King Claudius, Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia, Horatio, Fortinbras, the combined Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or the combined Clowns (grave-diggers). This will be a serious, not satirical or sarcastic paper in which you examine what traits you believe a leader should possess.
As you determine what is important in the character you choose, consider the character’s
actions in private and in public reactions to others
personal choices or decisions – (considered or rash)
Is the character informed or merely responsive?
Is the character static (un-changing, un-learning or dynamic (changing, gaining insight, learning from positive or negative experiences)
Are all these traits of the character significant or incidental?
Would the play have worked had the character acted, talked, reacted, or thought differently?
Take into account (and document accordingly) what professional critics have said about your character. If you disagree with these critics, you will need to cite lines from the play that give evidence to your view.
Be sure to begin with a thesis that makes a serious point about your character. Then support this point throughout the essay by giving evidence from critics, by refuting evidence from critics, and by giving evidence to support your view from the play.
Remember that the characters in this play are not of our time. Norms in expectations, in behaviors, and such are all different than we might expect today. But the basic humanity is still present. (For example, Ophelia would have done as she was told by her father in their time, although many women today would do as they please.)