Hamlet (Module B) questions

5 Jul

Below is a list of sample  Module B: Hamlet questions.  Questions are not arranged in any particular order.  The list will be updated as I come up with new questions.

  1. Hamlet is, in essence, a play about obligations.  To what extent do you agree with this proposition?
  2. Hamlet is about more than conflict.  To what extent do you agree with this proposition?
  3. Hamlet is a play about unmet expectations.  To what extent do you agree with this proposition?
  4. Characters in Hamlet are preoccupied with the past.  How does your personal response to the play support this proposition?
  5. It has been suggested that Hamlet is not the most important character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Assuming that this is correct, who do you think is the most important character in the play and why?
  6. The appeal of Hamlet transcends time and space.  In what ways is this true?
  7. Is the assertion that Hamlet is about “carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, / … accidental judgments, casual slaughters, / [and]… deaths put on by cunning” accurate?  Justify your view through close analysis of Shakespeare’s play.
  8. Is Hamlet’s ability to avenge his father’s death accidental or the product of planning?  Justify your response through close analysis of the language, structure, characterisation and dramatic features of Shakespeare’s play.
  9. Hamlet’s tendency to think is central to the development of the play’s plot.  To what extent do you agree with this proposition?
  10. Explore how ideas about sickness and healing are used in Shakespeare’s Hamlet to shape how audiences understand Hamlet’s character.
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