ENG 4U Hamlet Essay Instructions: Write an essay on Hamlet based on one of the prompts below. Aim for roughly 1250 words (plus or minus 10%). You will be given some class time to prepare the essay. In Class: 1. Prepare a thesis statement and outline. 2. Research the play to find relevant evidence to support your thesis. At Home: When beginning to write, remember to: - keep thinking about how your essay addresses all aspects of the prompt; - use formal language (no contractions, no slang) and vary sentence structure - incorporate your quotations properly and cite them using MLA format - fully explain how your chosen evidence supports your thesis (analysis) - leave yourself enough time to revise and proofread your essay. Essay Prompts: A: A character’s downfall is the result of a combination of weakness and circumstance. Analyze the extent to which this statement is true with reference to Hamlet. B: Show how Shakespeare’s use of imagery and/or symbolism reveals theme OR reinforces aspects of character in Hamlet. C: Through sharp contrast, a character foil enhances certain traits of a central character. Analyze how a secondary character operates as a foil and is employed to develop theme in Hamlet. D: Debate to what degree chaos is the result of a character's struggle to re-order his or her world in Hamlet. E: With reference to Hamlet, to what extent does isolation (physical, emotional, and/or societal) cause a character to evaluate his or her moral beliefs or personal convictions?