Research Papers on Hamlet

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  • Oedipus Complex and Hamlet: 'Love Thy Mother

    In five pages this paper examines Acts I through III of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet within the context of Ernest Jones’ essay ‘Hamlet’s Oedipus Complex.’ Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Comparative Analysis of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    In five pages this comparative analysis considers how both protagonists regard redemption and how they are conflicted by their moral concepts of good and evil in these respective plays. There are no additional sources in the bibliography.

  • Suicide or Murder of Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

    A 4 page paper which examines the death of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, discussing whether it was murder or suicide. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

  • "Hamlet" and Suicide as an Important Theme

    In three pages this paper examines how suicide is used in the moral, religious, and aesthetic thematic development of the play, presents an analysis of two crucial statements from Hamlet about suicide, and then considers why the protagonist ultimately believes that while humans are capable of suicide, they choose to live despite the cruelties, pain, and injustices of the world. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Hamlet and the Attractive Prospect of Suicide

    In eight pages this paper analyzes Hamlet’s attraction to suicide as a solution to his problems and how death is presented in imagery and in some of Prince’s soliloquies in William Shakespeare’s tragic play. Two sources are listed in the bibliography

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare and the Influence of Seneca

    This 3 page paper describes Seneca's influence on Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," with particular regard to revenge, supernatural happenings, and suicide. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Tragic Flaws in Prince Hamlet's Personality

    A 5 page research paper that investigates the personality of the Shakespeare's Danish prince and the tragic flaws that lead him to his destiny. The writer explores Hamlet's cynicism, his relationship to Claudius and Gertrude and others. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Deadly Character Flaws

    A 5 page paper which examines several characters from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and discusses how their personal flaws led them to death. The characters discussed are Hamlet, Polonius, and Ophelia. No additional sources cited.

  • Stage and Screen Adaptations of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the statement made by Bert O. States that analogous techniques are at work in the art of the film director, for "Shakespearean cinematography makes use of the same device (as employed by film directors) for advancing character ambiguity by framing the character against the rhetorical sky of the play's world." Issues of location, whether expressionistic (as in Olivier's stage portrayal) or realistic (as in director Franco Zeffirelli's film version). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Revenge as a Theme in Literature

    This 6 page paper compares the way in which the revenge theme is handled by Shakespeare in Hamlet, Poe in "The Cask of Amontillado" and Robert Browning in "My Last Duchess." Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Characterization as a Literary Technique

    This 5 page paper examines the way in which authors use characterization to intrigue readers. It uses “Hamlet,” “Othello” and “The Story of an Hour” as examples. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Hamlet: Sexuality, Anxiety, and Madness

    In three pages this paper discusses whether or not Hamlet was truly mad and also examines the sexuality and anxiety exhibited in Act I, Scene III of William Shakespeare' tragic play. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Comparing Laurence Olivier's 1948 Film 'Hamlet' with William Shakespeare's Play

    A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts the two versions by specifically discussing any additions or deletions made in the transference of the play to film and weighs their appropriateness and value, considers the quality of the acting, settings, costumes, background music and cinematography, and contains a reaction to these differing productions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Ghost of Hamlet's Father

    This 3 page paper discusses Elizabethan theology and argues that the idea that Hamlet's father has unfinished business is the best explanation for the presence of the ghost in the play. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Hamlet's Dilemma and the Audience's Response

    A 5 page paper which compares an early seventeenth-century audience’s response to Hamlet’s plight of love and revenge within the revenge tragedy construct to that of a modern-day audience’s response. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Searching from the Hero Within in Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    A 5 page (4 pp. + 1 pg. outline) which compares Hamlet’s avenging of his father’s death with contemporary times, specifically considering Hamlet’s relationships with his stepfather/uncle King Claudius and his mother Queen Gertrude, his fiancée Ophelia, friends Horatio and Rosencrantz and Guilderstern, his father’s ghosts, and his last wishes. The Franco Zeffirelli and Mel Gibson 1990 film adaptation of “Hamlet” is also discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Hamlet, Was He Insane?

    A 3 page essay that explores Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in order to answer the question of whether Hamlet was truly mad. The writer argues that Hamlet was not meant to be perceived as mad, that is, insane, but rather Shakespeare meant him to be perceived as melancholic (i.e., depressed), which the Elizabethans perceived as a character flaw. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Hamlet & Oedipus

    A 4 page essay that contrasts and compares the characters of Hamlet and Oedipus. Despite being separated by the passage of centuries, as well as differences in language and culture, Sophocles’ portrayal of Oedipus and Shakespeare’s depiction of Hamlet bear similarities, as well as the innumerable differences that one would expect. The similarities revolve around themes common to both plays, such as incest and the use of symbolism, while the differences largely involve the specifics of characterization. No additional sources cited.

  • Do Not Speak the Speech, I Pray You

    This 7 page paper discusses the differences between the play and Franco Zefirelli’s film version of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Gertrude II

    This 4 page analysis explores this important character's psychological makeup, motivations and relationships as she is portrayed in the Shakespearian tragedy.

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet A Comparative Analysis

    A 4 page paper which examines the similarities of the two characters, their problems and life situations. No additional sources are used.

  • Analysis of Hamlet

    A 6 page paper which analyzes various elements in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Recurring Imagery: Hamlet

    A 4 page paper which examines recurring imagery in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. No additional sources cited.

  • Hamlet: Righteous or Unrighteous

    A 7 page paper which examines whether or not Shakespeare’s Hamlet is righteous or unrighteous. The paper focuses on how Hamlet is righteous. No additional sources cited.

  • Comedy and Tragedy Distinctions in Measure for Measure and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    In five pages this paper examines how the tragic elements of Hamlet distinguish it from Measure for Measure, one of William Shakespeare’s comedies. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

 

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