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Hamlet Act II: Subtle Humor and Wise Words.

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Hamlet Freewrite

After you watch C Coronado’s Hamlet and read the assigned essay on it, I want you to do a 300 word freewrite in your blog. Just write down your immediate thoughts and impressions. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, etc. This is just to help you get started on ideas for the final paper.

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Hamlet, Act V

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Hamlet, Act III

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Oftentimes when we write, we want to start at the beginning, write through to the end, and then say we’re finished and submit it. However, more than often we don’t really know what our argument will be until we’ve started writing the body. When I write, I’m constantly going back and changing the introduction to fit to what I’m writing in the body. Resist the feeling that your paper is finished just because you’ve already written something down.

When writing your papers, try this method:

  1. Pick a theme that you find in each of the three poems. Refer to the “Key to Themes” box on page 2161 of the BL for suggestions on themes that you can use. These include things like Love and Longing, Nature, Animals, Childhood, Fear, Religion, Work, Gender, etc.
  2. Quickly write a very rough introduction and then set it aside. Don’t worry about how good it is, as you will be rewriting it.
  3. Write one paragraph for each of the poems you want to study, and write about how you think that poem addresses your theme.
  4. Once you’ve written three paragraphs, think about how the poems compare with each other. How are the themes treated differently? How are they treated the same?
  5. Go back and revise your introduction in a way that lets the reader know what all to expect in the rest of the paper. Summarize in a few sentences what you’ve written in the body. Create a thesis statement that makes an argument for how the three poems compare and contrast with each other. Be as specific as possible.
  6. Connect all of the paragraphs together using transitional phrases that help guide the reader through your argument.
  7. Write a conclusion that briefly restates what you’ve written in the body and provides something further for the reader to consider.
  8. Proofread.

Remember, just because something makes sense to you when you’re writing it, it may not make sense to somebody who doesn’t have access to your own thoughts. The reader only has what’s on the page to guide him or her, so make sure that you make your points clear.

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Genius in a catch 22?.

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My Last Duchess.

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