365 Days of Shakespeare

That's right – the Bard in a year.

189. Shakespeare essay topics

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Looking for an essay topic for your Shakespeare class? Blatantly steal from mine! These questions appeared on our first exam, and any of them are great topics if you are drawing a blank. If I am able to take one of these and turn it into a five-paragraph essay in twenty minutes, you can easily transform and expand for multiple pages!

  1. Hamlet and King Lear both address what has been called “the problem of evil”: the motivations and effects of immoral actions.  To what degree do these plays send a coherent message about such motivations and effects?  If there is one clear consistent message, what is it and how do these plays build it up?  If the plays seem to send several contrasting messages, what are they and how do they relate to one another?
  2. In both Hamlet and King Lear, madness plays a key role; the title characters of both plays go mad (or seem to), and there is a sense that their worlds have gone mad as well.  Compare and contrast the roles madness plays in these two plays.

Written by Caroline Mincks

April 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

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  1. It would help if you posted answers along with these essays.


    October 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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