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Hamlet Essay Topics on Death

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Death is one of the many themes that makes Shakepeare's 'Hamlet' a special work of literature. This lesson will provide some specific essay topics that help your students focus in on death as a theme.

Why Write About Death in Hamlet?

Are your students reading or about to finish reading Shakespeare's Hamlet? If so, they certainly have plenty to talk and think about. One of the major themes in the play is death, which can be a new and challenging topic for many students to focus on. The play ends in so many tragic deaths, of course, and in some ways death is what starts the plot moving in the first place.

One way to help your students think seriously about death as a theme is to have them write essays about it. This lesson is oriented toward helping your students think deeply and analytically about death in Hamlet while also considering the play as a whole piece of literature.

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