Hamlet and the Human Condition

“Hamlet is a name; his speeches and sayings but the idle coinage of the poet’s brain. What then, are they not real? They are as real as our own thoughts. Their reality is in the reader’s mind. It is we who are Hamlet.” – William Hazlitt (1817)

Write an essay about what Hamlet (the play and/or the character) has to say about who we are, about the human condition.

Tips:
Try the online essay planner for Hamlet at shmoop.com.
Synthesize arguments from the notes and discussions topics from our own classes (any topic/concept/question/conundrum from Apollonian to Xenophobia).

… not selfishly–or not always selfishly, we are in search of our identity, the identity of our human condition.
– Malcolm Ross & John Stevens

The most profound discovery that we can make is our discovery of self. Our identity rests in the kind of people we are. To understand who we are and to develop fully as human beings, we must explore the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives. Who and what are we? What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold? What roles do other people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives? What brings us joy, inspiration, and fulfillment? What doubts and fears do we have? By examining our lives and searching for answers to these and other questions, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
– Plato

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Critical Response Rubric

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Gender Equality

TED video: Sheryl Sandberg: COO, Facebook “Why we have too few women leaders”(2010)

“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.

Ask yourself some of these focus questions on equality or some of these questions on feminist criticism specifically.

Identify Sheryl Sandberg’s core messages about equality. Think carefully.

Write about Ophelia and Gertrude. What would be the messages Sheryl Sandberg may have for Ophelia and Gertrude?

Read more about Sheryl Sandberg on amazon.ca

Extra: Modern European Intellectual History: Abelard to Nietzsche.

“Sandberg’s message matters deeply: it has a shot at bringing about a cultural change that would improve the lives of all women.”
—Judith Warner, TIME

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ELA 20 Written Assignment

ELA 20-2
Advice to a Panicky Friend
One of your friends has shared some of his/her problems with you. Your friend wants advice on how to handle these difficulties because things seem to be going from bad to worse. In fact, your friend is becoming panicky. Write a post/comment/letter to your friend, giving both your advice on how to relieve the panic and your suggestions about how to proceed next. In the opening paragraph, identify the problem and make sure it is serious enough to warrant such a response from you.

Tip: Maybe your friend is suffering from a lack of sleep.

ELA 20-1
A Dark Time
Each of us probably has experienced a “dark” time in our lives when events or relationships were not going well. In a post, identify that dark period and comment on your feelings (ie. depression, frustration).

Tip: Create a stream of consciousness narrative.

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Extra:
Include a phrase or idea from William James somewhere in your narrative or letter.

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