– Thesis statement (Argument – should be in first paragraph/should not be obvious)
– 3 pages length w/ ADDITIONAL works cited page (4 pages total)
– 4 quotes from primary source to prove point (“Hamlet”)
– 1-2 secondary sources required and should be quoted in the essay.
– The secondary source(s) must be reliable and from a database such as Literary Reference Center, Academic Search Premier, or Literature Resource Center.
-Sparknotes, Cliffnotes, or any other summarization site will not count as a source
Topic: One of the main themes in Hamlet is that the health of a kingdom is directly tied to its rulers.
-To give a better idea of what I mean, this quote from the Hamlet article on sparknotes should help: “Everything is connected in Hamlet, including the welfare of the royal family and the health of the state as a whole. The play’s early scenes explore the sense of anxiety and dread that surrounds the transfer of power from one ruler to the next. Throughout the play, characters draw explicit connections between the moral legitimacy of a ruler and the health of the nation. Denmark is frequently described as a physical body made ill by the moral corruption of Claudius and Gertrude, and many observers interpret the presence of the ghost as a supernatural omen indicating that “[s]omething is rotten in the state of Denmark” (I.iv.67). The dead King Hamlet is portrayed as a strong, forthright ruler under whose guard the state was in good health, while Claudius, a wicked politician, has corrupted and compromised Denmark to satisfy his own appetites. At the end of the play, the rise to power of the upright Fortinbras suggests that Denmark will be strengthened once again”