Directions: Acts 1-5 Entries
After reading each act of William Shakespeares Hamlet, respond in a journal entry to the seven exercises listed below, which are designed to assist you in writing your analytical essay on Option A, the theme of the deterministic causes behind the protagonist’s delay in avenging his father’s death.
1. What is one deterministic cause behind the protagonist’s delay in seeking revenge for his father’s death presented in the act?
2. When does this cause first appear in the act?
3. How does this cause arise for the protagonist?
4. Is Hamlet aware of this cause?
5. What does this cause reveal about the prince’s thoughts, feelings, or beliefs?
6. How does this cause affect Hamlet’s behavior?
7. Cite and analyze a relevant passage from the act, discussing one or more of the following elements within the passage to provide further insights into this particular deterministic cause:
* a word or phrase
* an image
* a metaphor
* a personification
* a simile
* an allusion or a direct reference
* a reference
* a symbol
* an irony
* a pun
Each entry should be labeled “Act 1,” “Act 2,” and so on.
Each entry should be typed and double-spaced, using Times New Roman font and 12-point print.
Each entry should be a minimum of 300 words.