I have written an essay on ambition and prophecy prediction, and I need a title for it.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Concerning your need for a title for your essay on ambition and prophecy in, I'm assuming, Shakespeare's Macbeth, no one can really suggest a title without reading the essay.  Writing a title for a literary essay, however, isn't as difficult as you may think.  Any title for a literary essay should include the following three things:

  1. The author of the work you're studying
  2. The title of the work you're studying
  3. Something of your approach to the work

Thus, your title should be something as simple as:  Ambition and Prophecy in Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Your only concern is probably whether or not you want to be more specific than just using ambition and prophecy.  If you deal primarily with the character of Macbeth, for instance, then you might want to narrow down your approach to just that one character.  Or if you reach a specific conclusion from your study, you could include that in your title.  Of course, if you're looking for something particularly witty, you're on your own.  But even so, you still need to include the above three requirements.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Titles are like first impressions: underdeveloped and underutilized. A title should be representative of you in reference to the paper. A lackluster and boring title may reflect a lackluster and boring student. An interesting and attention-grabbing title may represent a thoughtful, passionate, and serious student.

While I do not always advocate humor, your title should be as individual as you are and whether it is a quote or a palindrome, don't forget that the title is the first thing that a teacher notices when they look at your paper. Does a teacher really want to grade 30 papers that all have Macbeth as a title? My superior students are always surprising, innovative, creative, and serious students; they are never pedestrian.

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