The Use of Monologue in Hamlet Literature Analysis

Instructions

In Hamlet, Shakespeare makes significant use of extended monologues, or soliloquies, to express the thoughts and feelings of Hamlet in dramatic form. For this assessment, write a 6–8-page essay in which you explore the use of this technique in three distinct ways:

  1. Select one of Hamlet’s soliloquies from the play and analyze how it displays his inner thoughts for the audience in dramatic form.
  2. Use evidence from the play to compose a soliloquy that expresses the point of view of one of the following characters: Gertrude, Claudius, Ophelia, or Polonius. Into which act of the play would you insert this additional speech?
  3. Write a soliloquy for yourself, expressing the central narrative of your own life in dramatic form. Think of yourself as a character, explaining yourself to an audience that does not include those who play the most important roles in your life.

This assessment requires you to employ your critical skills in analyzing a work of literature but also gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in creative expression of your own.

Additional Requirements
  • Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
  • Length: 6–8 typed and double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.