learning goal: interpreting Hamlet’s motivations in speaking to his “friends,” R & G

Mr. Brown’s demo of paragraph about importance of King Hamlet’s ghost (see below*)

“11-sentence” paragraph template (recommended for outline)

begin writing (paragraph due to TURNITIN by midnite Sun Feb 15); be sure to submit the paragraph on the prescribed template with pledge-header and acknowledgment-footer

Question for your paragraph: how much of Hamlet’s monologue (2.2.278-292) is pretense and how much is genuine?  Using any of the play’s lines that precede this metaphor, explain the reasons behind your interpretation.

In case you need guidance on how to introduce and cite quotations form the play, remember you have my paragraph about the “Seems madam” monologue, which I distributed in class two weeks ago.

Topic Sentence: Hamlet’s actions and inactions are primarily driven by love and loyalty to his father.

  1. Introduce the first reason or example that supports your main point.

Father in Purgatory

  1. Provide a quote or specific example as evidence or support.

1.5.10-13 purging fires

  1. Explain how the quote or example supports your main point.

H wants to relieve his father’s suffering

  1. Transition to another reason or example that supports your main point.

At same time, he needs to test veracity of the ghost.

  1. Provide a quote or specific example as evidence or support.

1.5.137-8 honest ghost

  1. Explain how this quote or example supports your main point.

H wants to truly help his father and not be distracted by the devil that may be masquerading as the father’s ghost

  1. Transition to a third reason or example to support your main point.

To test the ghost, H will pretend, in order to gather more intelligence about the apparition’s intent

  1. Provide a quote or specific example as evidence or support.

1.5.170-172 antic disposition

  1. Explain how this quote or example supports your main point.

H will pretend to be “mad,” in order to observe people’s reactions

  1. Write a concluding sentence (or more) that explains how all three of the examples above support your topic sentence.

For all that he does on behalf of his father, at times he also finds himself unable to act, perhaps because the love and loyalty he feels create an overwhelming sense of responsibility.

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