• Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message. • APA formatting: Should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
• Length: 6–7 typed and double-spaced pages. Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point. Read Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Then, in 6–7 pages, write an analysis of one of Hamlet’s soliquoys and craft two soliquoys of your own. This assessment allows you to demonstrate your understanding of a foundational piece of literature and of the use of extended monologues within it. By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
• Competency 1: Describe the historical development of the humanities from the pre-historic era to the present. o Assess the role of narrative structure and dramatic form in modern drama. • Competency 2: Examine the forms of expression that instantiate the arts and humanities. o Explain how Shakespeare’s Hamlet externalizes the inner thoughts of Hamlet. o Develop a soliloquy that dramatizes a selected character’s point of view. • Competency 3: Integrate the humanities with everyday life. o Express a unique personal narrative in soliloquy form. • Competency 4: Communicate effectively in forms appropriate to the humanities. o Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics. In Hamlet, Shakespeare makes significant use of extended monologues, or soliloquies, to express the thoughts and feelings of Hamlet in dramatic form. For this assessment, write an essay in which you explore the use of this technique in three distinct ways: 1. Select one of Hamlet’s soliloquies from the play and analyze how it displays his inner thoughts for the audience in dramatic form. 2. Use evidence from the play to compose a soliloquy that expresses the point of view of one of the following characters: Gertrude, Claudius, Ophelia, or Polonius. Into which act of the play would you insert this additional speech? 3. Write a soliloquy for yourself, expressing the central narrative of your own life in dramatic form. Think of yourself as a character explaining yourself to an audience that does not include those who play the most important roles in your life. This assessment requires you to employ your critical skills in analyzing a work of literature but also gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in creative expression of your own.
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