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Suicide in HamletHello, I am writing a research paper based on the role of suicide in...

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mynameisjohn19 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM via web

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Suicide in Hamlet

Hello,

I am writing a research paper based on the role of suicide in Hamlet.  The approach I am taking attempts to show how complex the societal view of suicide and death in general is, and how it affects and is shown through the characters in the play.

The following is my thesis statement:

Shakespeare seeks to draw sympathy for the characters whom face the difficulties of life and whether they can end it or suffer an unhonorable name.

Just wondering if anyone could recommend some good sources or avenues to further my research?  I already have a few good sources, but the more the better!

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM (Answer #2)

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The first thing I suggest you do is clean up your thesis statement.  As it's written, it has three faults:

  1. It's a mixed construction.  Grammatically, the sentence is incorrect from "whether" on--the two parts of the sentence must fit together grammatically. 
  2. Whom should be who.
  3. "...an unhonorable name" lacks clarity and unhonorable should be dishonorable, if you decide to stick with it. 
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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM (Answer #3)

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You might want to pose some questions to help you formulate your thesis statement.

1. Is Hamlet's suicide dishonorable?

why

2. Are the other deaths in the play attributable to dishonor or shame?

3. Is suicide an acceptable form of dealing with shame?

What are some sources you might use to help you support your thesis outside of the play itself?

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