Hamlet Literary Criticism

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Reading and writing have always been two things that I enjoy. From the time I was three years old, I was already reading books and coming up with my own stories, hugely based off of TV shows I watched at a young age. As I have gotten older, I have expanded my taste in literature, from plays to nonfiction to fantasy. Some of my favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Agatha Christie, and William Shakespeare.

I went to a small, private Catholic school for my first nine years of education, where I was in a graduating class of 16 students. While I was there, the only papers I recall being assigned to write all included creative writing-based prompts. I was never assigned research papers, or anything other than personal narratives until it was time to apply for the high school’s
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This is why the third piece I have selected is my literary analysis of Hamlet. It is titled “To Procrastinate or to Not Procrastinate.” Although it is a spoof of Hamlet’s opening line in his “to be or not to be” soliloquy, the analysis itself takes a deeper look into impulsive action in the play. Impulsive action is still relevant today, along with the majority of themes Shakespeare integrates throughout all his plays. Although Shakespeare is one of my favorite authors, I have only read the plays that are written into our course schedules. He focuses on many issues teenagers face, even in today’s society. I, amongst many teens, can relate to Hamlet as a character as he contemplates life and its meanings. In reality, amongst all his formal language, he is an angsty teen, just like my classmates and I. He too struggles with finding reasons to be alive and to find the things in life worth living

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