learning goal: how does Auburn’s play embody Hamlet’s description of drama’s purpose?
” . . . For anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing [i.e., of a play, a work of dramatic literature], whose end both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure . . . ” (Hamlet 3.2.17-20)
time to write
Essay goal: to explain
- an insight about the play itself,
- or about human nature/condition (“hold . . . the mirror up to nature”)
Essay length: a thousand words