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Hamlet: Interactive Essay

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Hamlet: Interactive Essay
Throughout the play, Hamlet questions his existence, and whether or not his actions will live on after he's gone.
If Hamlet were a nihilist, he would react differently in certain situations; he would not have asked Horatio to tell his story after he died if he were truly a nihilist.
Introduction
"To be, or not to be that is the question." (III,i,56). Hamlet explores the questions of an existentialist by seeking out answers and trying to understand his father's death. He is determined to find the reason for living. While Hamlet struggles searching for his true self he suffers from the angst, because of this he is considered an existentialist hero. The definition of existentialism is "a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will" (Webster Dictionary). Hamlet is not considered an nihilist, but is considered a existentialist due to his suffering and his will to do the right thing.
Hamlet the Existentialist
"To be or not to be" is one of the most recognizable and influential opening lines to one of the most dramatic speeches in theater, and it is still being studied today.
His speech in Act 2 Scene 2 illustrates this well.

"What piece of work is man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god: the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals-and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?"

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3 Part of Intro
Attention Getter
Transition Sentences
Thesis Statement
Attention Getter
Dialogue--"To be, or not to be, that is the question" (III,i, 56)
Transition Sentences
Definition:
Supporting topic(extra bits)
Adds flow through the main points
Leading reader from topic sentence to the thesis
Thesis Statement
Hamlet is not considered an nihilist, but is considered a existentialist due to his suffering and his will to do the right thing.
Define: Dialogue
relates back to topic of essay
grabs attention
Meaning of Quote
To live, or not live
questioning and trying to find a solution to his misery
Explanation
A well written thesis statement has to be clear and simple sentence that is easily to see.
short and sweet
He is determined to find the reason for living. While Hamlet struggles searching for his true self he suffers from the angst, because of this he is considered an existentialist hero. The definition of existentialism is "a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will" (Webster Dictionary).
Ours
Hamlet proves that he is an existentialist by questioning life and death and his existence.
When Horatio offers to die along side Hamlet - drink the rest of the poison from the goblet - Hamlet insists he stays alive, to tell his story.

"If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, absent thee from felicity awhile, and in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain to tell my story."

This is proof that Hamlet is not a true nihilist because he believes that through Horatio, his story can live on, and mean something.
A conclusion is the final part of an essay, paragraph or sentence that helps restate and emphasize the main point.

Hamlet questions life and Death.
Hamlet question his own existence.
Hamlet wants his life story to live on.
Hamlet is like Hades of the underworld.
Hamlet is a doctor who questions
life and death of people everyday.
Metaphor
Hamlet is like a lost man in the dessert, questioning himself every step of the way.
Simile
Analogy
Hamlet wanted his story to be told to people for years to come, as if he were Beowulf
Because Hamlet wants his legacy to live on like the way Hades wants to control how he is seen
Allusion
Hades
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