Hamlet Essays (Examples)

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Tragedy Hamlet Commonplace Log Reaction

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Tragedy: Hamlet Commonplace Log
3 quotations
1. “The funeral baked meats / Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables” (1.2.87-88)—Hamlet voicing his displeasure at the suddenness of his mother’s remarriage so soon after his father’s death.
2. “I essentially am not in madness … suddenness of his mother’s remarriage so soon after his father’s death.
2. “I essentially am not in madness / But mad in craft” (3.4.187-8)—Hamlet telling his mother that he is only acting crazy to throw off the king.
3. “Get thee to a nunnery!” (3.1.131)—Hamlet lashing out at Ophelia because he is angry over her apparent coldness towards him and his mother’s apparent coldness to the memory of … because he is angry over her apparent coldness towards him and his mother’s apparent coldness to the memory of his father.
Reaction to Hamlet
I really enjoyed Hamlet and found myself really thinking about some of his……

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Why Hamlet Hesitates To Act

Pages: 1 (364 words) Document Type:Essay Document #:26719766

Hamlet hesitates in his quest to avenge his father for a number of reasons. First, he is not sure that the ghost is really … sure that the ghost is really his father. A part of him suspects it could be a spirit from Hell trying to damn Hamlet’s soul. However, he also hesitates because he has been at school in Wittenberg, the famous place where Martin Luther was teaching and questioning … he also hesitates because he has been at school in Wittenberg, the famous place where Martin Luther was teaching and questioning everything. Thus, Hamlet’s head is filled with doubt and because it is filled with doubt, he cannot readily act. When he does finally act, it is … away like a wounded animal, though he lashes out at her in anger and frustration.
The resolution comes about because after killing Polonius, Hamlet finally reaches rock bottom.……

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The Character Of Polonius In Hamlet

Pages: 7 (2093 words) Sources: 7 Document Type:Research Paper Document #:68316093

Polonius: A Literature Review
As chief counselor to the king of Denmark, Polonius plays an important and nefarious role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet—yet his words are often quoted out of context and it is Polonius, the spying, lying, manipulating old fool of a father and counselor … because the self is a chameleon that shifts and changes depending on the environment: Polonius adapts his character to the situation, as does Hamlet, Ophelia, Claudius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and so on (Wilson; Landy). Horatio is one of the few characters who consistently expresses himself from scene … find the character of Polonius to be idiotic, despicable, false, and morally reprehensible. Felce and Di provide some contrast between the characters of Hamlet and Polonius by noting that Hamlet is a truth seeker in the castle of Denmark, while Cox, Hadfield, Landy and Wilson argue that Polonius is a liar, a knave, … the business……


Works Cited

Cox, Roger L. Between earth and heaven: Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and the meaning of Christian tragedy. Holt McDougal, 1969.

Di, Poona Mtrive. \\\\\\"Unraveling Hamlet’s Spiritual and Sexual Journeys: An Inter- critical Detour via the Gita and Gandhi.\\\\\\" Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys. Routledge, 2016. 75-86.

Farahmandfar, Masoud, and Gholamreza Samigorganroodi. \\\\\\"\\\\\\" To Thine Own Self Be True\\\\\\": Existentialism in Hamlet and The Blind Owl.\\\\\\" International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies 3.2 (2015): 25-31.

Felce, Ian. \\\\\\"In Search of Amlóða saga: The Saga of Hamlet the Icelander.\\\\\\" Studies in the Transmission and Reception of Old Norse Literature: The Hyperborean Muse in European Culture. Edited by Judy Quinn and Adele Cipolla (2016): 101-22.

Hadfield, Andrew. \\\\\\"Jonson and Shakespeare in an Age of Lying.\\\\\\" Ben Jonson Journal 23.1 (2016): 52-74.

Landy, Joshua. \\\\\\"To Thine Own Selves Be True-ish.\\\\\\" Shakespeare\\\\\\'s Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives (2017): 154.

Wilson, Jeffrey R. What Shakespeare Says About Sending Our Children Off to College. No. 402071. 2016.  https://www.aaup.org/article/what-shakespeare-says-about-sending-our-children-college 

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Othello As A Tragic Hero

Pages: 7 (1956 words) Sources: 7 Document Type:Essay Document #:25327293

...Hamlet Thesis Statement
Shakespeare’s Othello is a tragic hero according to the definition of Aristotle. First, he is a man of noble stature. Second, he is good—but not perfect—and his fall is directly attributable to his own guilty actions. Third, his fall is tragic—the combination of his greatness and his own responsibility in causing his own fall. Fourth, the misfortune Othello suffers is enormous and due to the fact that he himself is larger than life. Fifth, the fall that Othello suffers does come with an increase of awareness—self-knowledge that restores a bit of his wisdom and nobility before the curtain falls; he exits not cursing his fate but taking responsibility for his own crimes and acknowledging the justice delivered upon himself. Sixth, the play achieves a cathartic effect by arousing pity and fear in the audience in which the emotions are purified or purged; instead of feeling depressed by what……



Bates, C. (1997) ‘Shakespeare’s Tragedies of Love’, Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Bradley, A. (1951). Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth. London: Macmillan.

Hallstead, R. N. (1968). Idolatrous Love: A New Approach to Othello. Shakespeare Quarterly, 19(2), 107-124.

Johnson, G. & Arp, T. (2018). Perrine’s Literature. Boston, MA: Cengage.

Kirsch, A. (1978). The Polarization of Erotic Love in ‘Othello’. The Modern Language Review, 73(4), 721-740.

Schaper, E. (1968). Aristotle's catharsis and aesthetic pleasure. The Philosophical Quarterly (1950-), 18(71), 131-143.

Shakespeare, W. (n.d.). The tragedy of Othello, Moor of Venice. Retrieved from  http://shakespeare.mit.edu/othello/full.html 

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Utility Maximization Theory And Economics

Pages: 3 (1009 words) Sources: 1 Document Type:Essay Document #:25318275

...Hamlet Is the Theory of Utility Maximization Reliable for Rational Consumers to Make Decisions?
The article by Rothman about Johnson’s book focuses on the topic of how most people use “bounded rationality” to make their decisions—that is, they do not use a true scientific process when deciding what to do with their lives. Rather they make choices based on constrained circumstances: they do not push the parameters of their knowledge or seek out all options and explore all possibilities, weighing pros and cons with statistical rigor. The reason is that most people prefer to follow whatever impulse feels right after a cursory examination of the situation, without expending a great deal of energy on the matter. They may spend two weeks deciding what type of laptop or car to buy, but that is because the specs have already been quantified for them: they only need to compare the numbers and the……


Works Cited

Rothman, Joshua. “The Art of Decision Making.” The New Yorker, 2019.



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