1. Think about Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia. Does he love her? Does he stop loving her? Did he ever love her? What evidence can you find in the play to support your opinion?
2. Consider Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s role in the play. Why might Shakespeare have created characters like this? Are they there for comic relief, or do they serve a more serious purpose? Why does the news of their deaths come only after the deaths of the royal family in Act V, as if this news were not anticlimactic? Is it acceptable for Hamlet to treat them as he does? Why or why not?
3. Analyze the use of descriptions and images in Hamlet. How does Shakespeare use descriptive language to enhance the visual possibilities of a stage production? How does he use imagery to create a mood of tension, suspense, fear, and despair?
4. Analyze the use of comedy in Hamlet, paying particular attention 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?
5. Suicide is an important theme in Hamlet. Discuss how the play treats the idea of suicide morally, religiously, and aesthetically, with particular attention to Hamlet’s two important statements about suicide: the “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt” soliloquy (I.ii.129–158) and the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy (III.i.56–88). Why does Hamlet believe that, although capable of suicide, most human beings choose to live, despite the cruelty, pain, and injustice of the world?
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Selecting Powerful Argumentative Essay Topics On Hamlet: 15 Examples
Hamlet being produced in the Renaissance period was made out of the tragic moments that incurred in the period in History. Shakespeare had been known to create a tragic kind of plays. He focuses on revenge, humanity, social issues and deaths. Hamlet is a story of betrayal, wrong accusation, revenge, and love.
- Hamlet’s Love To Ophelia
- In the story of Hamlet, it is argumentative whether Hamlet until the end had loved Ophelia. Did he love him before and lost his love due to his mad desire for revenge? If he did not? Why is he greatly affected by her death? If yes, why does he push her to the extreme side of avoidance to him which is the nunnery?
- In the story about intense plots for revenge, are the character made for comedy purposes? Or they have more unyielding roles? Can they be just omitted?
- Is the Hamlet, plainly pull it the thrust of events in the idea of revenge? Is it good to base revenge in ghost?
- Does the death of many people morally justify the death?
- How many revenge plots existed in the story?
- Ghost in Hamlet
- Does the presence of a ghost in the story pretty convincing? Are ghost real?
- Hamlet's Relationship with the Ghost
- Is the existence of revenge a cue in all of Hamlet’s action?
- The Purpose of the “Murder of Gonzago.”
- The people are exchanging a glance as the play goes, are the lines nothing inadmissible?
- In the play. Did the King really show his guilt?
- But why end in praying?
- Conflict as essential to drama.
- The struggle of his doubts further promoted the drama rather than Hamlet himself
- Is the ambiguous thinking of Hamlet the main cause of all conflict?
- Mistrusted Love: Ophelia and Polonius
- Does Polonius have the rightful moral to paint the admission of Hamlet's love to Ophelia rudely?
- Is the plain ignorance justifies Ophelia’s distrust to Hamlet?
- Is her resort of going to nunnery despite the doubts, good or bad?
- Is Polonius judgment a wrong perception?
- Is this a blundering pursuit?
- A mother To his Child
- Is the instant remarrying of Gertrude a sign of infidelity to the filial connection to his father and to Hamlet?
- Is she involved in Claudius plot of murder to the King?
- How important is the general setting of Denmark to the overall play?
- Is the use of Denmark use to draw more attention to the possible audience?
- Was it used for political purposes?
- Was it used to push more power to England as superiors?
- Hamlet as national hero
- Does he deserve such final pave in his death?
- The Evil Plan of Claudius and Laertes
- Compare and contrast the characters of Claudius and Laertes.
- How alike or dislike are they and why?
- Is the ignorance of the reason of the death of his father & sister the reason for revenge?
- Was it because he long despise Hamlet way before the confession of love to Ophelia
- Insanity of Hamlet
- "His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy."
- Explain Hamlet's motivation behind this comment
- Examine how true his remark is.
- A prince of a Prince
- Is Fortinbras a valuable character in his own right?
- Does he serve only to highlight aspects of Hamlet's personality?
- Is his character be fit to be a remark on Hamlet
- Goethe’s Opinion
- What is Goethe's opinion of Hamlet?
- Do you agree with his famous conclusions?
- Death of Polonius
- What could be Hamlet’s solution?
- Does Hamlet truly weep for Polonius death?