Write an informative essay describing the overall theme of the play | English | Alcorn State University

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Below is a list of the overall major themes developed by Shakespeare in this play. Choose one of these themes that you would like to write an informative essay on.

  1. Action vs inaction- Hamlet’s inaction, contrast Hamlet’s inaction with Laertes and Fortinbras’ actions
  2. Madness- Hamlet’s “antic disposition”; Ophelia’s madness
  3. Disease and decay-corrupt state of Denmark, Shakespeare’s use of imagery to develop this theme; for example “unweeded garden….” (Act 1, Scene 2, lines 137-138)
  4. Appearance vs reality- way things appear to be and what they really are; plotting of the characters, ghost
  5. Honour and revenge- Hamlet’s vengeance, revenge tragedy