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footlongsub | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM via web

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Hello, I am having a very hard time understanding the content. If it possible for anyone to provide me with examples, it would be much appreciated.


Write a literary essay using the cause and effect pattern.

Select one speech from Act IV and write a cause and effect essay for how it targets its audience. You may choose a target audience of any context or production of the play - the original Elizabethan, or a later dramatic version. If you choose a later dramatic version (Branagh’s version, Gibson’s version, or Olivier’s version) you must deal with all the interpretive evidence of the version you choose.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM (Answer #2)

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A cause and effect essay is actually a rhetorical process,not a literary one, in which the causes are listed to render later possible effects. For example, if I asked you to list the causes of the pressure on a student to do well, the causes would be: high career ambitions, parental demands, and an inner pressure to perform well; self-esteem to feel good about oneself. What are the effects of pressure on a student to perform well? They can be: restricted social, campus, and physical activities because you are in your dorm too much, emotional instability because you don't even enjoy your free time, anger, and even a less effective academic performance.

What are the causes of Hamlet acting crazy? What are the effects? Try to find one of his soliloquies in which you can determine these. There are quite a few throughout the play.

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ophelia16 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2010 at 9:31 AM (Answer #3)

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Wish I had your esay instead of mine to do. I have to figure out which flaw is Hamlet's tragic flaw, procrastination or lack or self control. there are quite a few quotes to support each possibility.


but for your essay I'd go witht he original Elizabethan version. The script is written as Shakespeare intended. A good speech, though short, is by King Claudius in Act IV, scene VII, lines 129-140. It's Hamlet's cathartic message. Shakespeare intnded his audience to go home believing that there are limits to revenge and some ways of revenge are healthier than others

I hope this helped.

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