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Hamlet Theme Essay Introduction Help

lucky 1 / -  
Mar 18, 2009   #1
I have chosen the theme revenge and need help with my introductory paragraph. Basically i need help with starting the essay.
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Mar 18, 2009   #2
Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras each fulfill the role of avenger in a different way.

Start with the above sentence, then go on to explain in detail how it is true.
Gautama 6 / 133  
Mar 18, 2009   #3
To add to what Sean said you could look at specifically who succeeds and who fails in getting their revenge. Maybe they all succeeded on a certain level and then failed on another level. When you examine each character you can ask yourself these questions:

1. What was this character's original plot for revenge?
2. Did this plot succeed? (Maybe it succeeded but did not bring about the results the character intended.)
3. Was the character satisfied?
4. Was the character justified in wanting revenge? (Also was the severity of the revenge plot appropriate for the crimes commited against the plotter?)
5. What did the character learn from the results of his/her revenge?
6. Why did the character succeed?
7. Why did the character fail?

These all deal with character growth which should be very important in your essay. How does revenge affect character growth?
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Mar 18, 2009   #4
It helps if you think of them as the three bears from Golidlocks -- Hamlet is too tame, Laertes too fierce, and Fortinbras just right.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Mar 19, 2009   #5
Wow, pretty cool comparison about the bears.. :)

Try writing a paragraph about any insight that comes to mind -- for example, you can write that the satisfaction that seems available in revenge is actually an illusory kind, and that no real satisfaction can come of it. In this paragraph, include a quote or example from the play.

Next, write another para that explains the thesis in a different way.

After repeating that process several times, go back and create an introduction. Don't try to introduce something that does not yet exist. Don't write the intro first.
seeker194 1 / 10  
Jan 9, 2013   #6
how to write theme overview for betrayal on hamlet: one paragraph long

My theme statement is betrayal leads to nothing but a deadly spider web of rage, fury and revenge leading to a never ending cycle.
What exactly do I write in the paragraph?
Please help me on ths one
Thank you for ur help
Much appreciated
Kitsumi 4 / 97 16  
Jan 9, 2013   #7
Think, how is betrayal evident in Hamlet? There's Claudius' rise to the throne; Gertrude's marriage to Claudius; Rosencrantz and Guildestern's betrayal of Hamlet; Ophelia's betrayal of Hamlet; and so much more. Just pick one of them (or all of them) and talk about how it lead to the end.

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