Human Nature in Hamlet Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

'Hamlet' can be an important play for helping students think about major themes in life and literature. This lesson provides essay topics designed to help students think through what 'Hamlet' shows about human nature.

Why Write About Human Nature in Hamlet?

Have you just finished reading Shakespeare's Hamlet with your students? If so, you might be looking for ways to help them deepen and solidify their comprehension of some of the play's major themes and lessons. One of the most important questions that arises through this profound and memorable work is that of human nature. Are humans intrinsically good or bad? What does it mean to be human?

These questions are big, and students probably cannot tackle them in such broad ways without quite a bit of scaffolding. One thing you can do to help is to give your students the chance to write essays about Hamlet that address the theme of human nature as it is expressed throughout the play. Essays give students the chance to look back closely at the text while simultaneously developing and carefully articulating their own ideas in relation to key themes and concepts.

This lesson offers a series of essay topics designed to get students thinking about human nature in Hamlet. When students write, they should adhere to the following basic guidelines:

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