The Vitality of “Hamlet’ in Shakespearean Literature

Students of English literature continue to be virtually mesmerized by Shakespeare. Such is the importance of the writer and his work that no amount of research and probing has been able to completely cover all dimensions of his literary excellence. He has always been a subject of intense research by scholars, teachers and student. Each and every faculty of his work, style, storytelling, language, etc. are just a class apart. His works are considered a gift to English literature. All works of Shakespeare are classics. One gem among his classics is “Hamlet’ with a storyline in an altogether different dimension that is considered to be unconventional. This unusual bent of mind has opened the door to many a debate in the literary world; which has created a type of hot bed of research. Some of the topics of research or probe — which comes to one’s mind from the persona of this classic — can be enumerated…

No 1

Brittany New once said, “Drama is in us all… ” Students may establish connectivity of this quote to Hamlet and discuss if one can replicate some of the situation portrayed in Shakespearean drama to real life situations. Support your essay with arguments.

No 2

In the perspective of Hamlet, research the topic of revenge. Discuss whether it ought to or not to be. Discuss the pros and cons of “forgiveness”.

No 3

Hamlet remarks “His madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy.” Explain Hamlet’s rationale behind his comment and explain the validity of his remark.

No 4

Critically analyze the use of descriptions and images in Hamlet. How does Shakespeare use descriptive language to heighten visualization and subsequent stage plays? Discuss his deft and scuttle use of imagery to highlight emotions of tension, suspense, fear and despair?

No 5

Critically analyze the use of comedy in Hamlet, with particular focus to the gravediggers, Osric and Polonius. Does comedy serve merely to relieve the tension of the tragedy, or do the comic scenes serve a more serious thematic purpose as well?

No 6

Critically analyze Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia. Does he love her? Does he cease to love her? Did he ever love her? What circumstantial evidence can you find in the play to support your opinion?

No 7

Is Hamlet primarily a tragedy of revenge?

No 8

What critical role do ghosts and spiritualism have in “Hamlet”?

No 9

“Antic Disposition” is the core of Hamlet’s character. Is his madness feigned or real?

No 10

Why does Hamlet delay taking revenge on Claudius?

 

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