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Laina F.
Working towards a Master's in Secondary Education in English
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Writing
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Question:

Is Hamlet "mad"? Craft a thesis-based first paragraph of an essay analyzing Hamlet's soliloquies in Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

Laina F.
Answer:

Hamlet does not confine to the distinguished traits of an insane man: an inability to distinguish fantasy from reality, a failure to control one’s action, and subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior (Legal Dictionary). Hamlet understands the “antic disposition” he puts on is fantasy, for he drops the act when he is soliloquies in private or confides with Horatio (1.5.179). Hamlet’s ability to control the extent of his madness displayed in front of the appropriate parties, such as Claudius and Polonius, demonstrates a control over his mental state. The control is most evident in Hamlet’s quieting of his impulse to kill Claudius until the appropriate opportunity, which is not when Claudius is “a-praying”, despite Hamlet’s urge to commit the act in the moment (3.3.72).

Literature
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Question:

What is the significance of the blindness motif in Sophocles' "Oedipus the King"?

Laina F.
Answer:

In Sophocles' "Oedipus the King", both a metaphorical and literal blindness plague the main characters in the play, including Oedipus, Jocasta, and Teiresias. Metaphorical blindness in the play stems from Jocasta’s self-imposed choice to believe her son is dead, as well as from an ignorance of the truth (an ignorance which Oedipus shares). Oedipus’ punishments-- in the forms of his wife and mother committing suicide, the loss of his reputation in his town, and his own self-wounding-- stem from his choice to disregard the truths which are presented to him by others, including Teiresias and the messengers. Oedipus’ choice to continue living in ignorance, not seeing the truth which is presented to him by the messengers, is his crime for which he is punished.

English
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Question:

What corrections should be made to the following text to make it correct? “It is a truth universally acknowledged: that a single man -in possession of a good fortune- must be in want of a wife,”

Laina F.
Answer:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” 1. A comma should be used rather than a colon, as "It is a truth universally acknowledged" isn't a full sentence. 2. A dash is used to emphasize material. However, in this context, it the object is a specifically a single man in possession of a good fortune. The two ideas are not to be separated. 3. A period should end a sentence, not a comma.

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