AP Write 2: One definition of
madness is “mental delusion of the eccentric behavior arising from it.” But
Emily Dickinson wrote: Much
madness is divinest Sense-- To
a discerning Eye--
playwrights have often seen madness with a “discerning Eye.” [In Hamlet show how] a character’s apparent madness or irrational behavior
plays an important role. Then write a well-organized essay in which you explain
what this delusion or eccentric behavior consist of and how it might be judged reasonable. Explain the
significance of the “madness” to the work as a whole. AP Write 3: Tragedy depicts the downfall of a noble hero or heroine, usually through some combination of hubris, fate, and the will of the gods. The tragic hero's powerful wish to achieve some goal inevitably encounters limits, usually those of human frailty (flaws in reason, hubris, society), the gods (through oracles, prophets, fate), or nature. Aristotle says that the tragic hero should have a flaw and/or make some mistake (hamartia). The hero need not die at the end, but he / she must undergo a change in fortune--a reversal (peripeteia). In addition, the tragic hero may achieve some revelation or recognition (anagnorisis--"knowing again" or "knowing back" or "knowing throughout") about human fate, destiny, and the will of the gods. Aristotle quite nicely terms this sort of recognition "a change from ignorance to awareness of a bond of love or hate."**(http://www.ohio.edu/people/hartleyg/ref/aristotletragedy.html) Using evidence from the play, discuss the ways in which Hamlet is a tragic hero.
AP Write 1: Read the well-known soliloquy from Hamlet Act 3:1. Then in a well-organized essay, briefly summarize Hamlet's thoughts, and discuss how the diction, imagery and syntax of the soliloquy help to convey his state of mind.