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What are some good topics for an argumentative research essay on Hamlet?

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Because your question asks for ideas for an argumentative research essay, you will have to look outside the text for support as well as using the play itself. Here are some ideas for topics; the information requiring research is in bold font for you:

  • Ophelia commits suicide, and Hamlet contemplates it. How does Shakespeare present common Elizabethan attitudes toward suicide with his development of these two characters? 
  • Research Aristotle's definition of the tragic hero and make a case for whether, or to what extent, Hamlet embodies it.
  • Some scholars contend that Gertrude in some ways reflects the situation of Elizabeth I; she was an aging female royal defying her decline. Research Elizabeth I's final years on the throne and make a case for or against...

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