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When quoting four or more lines from Shakespeare, normally you should use block quotation: Richard III tells his troops,


Remember whom you are to cope withal:

A sort of vagabonds, rascals, and runaways,

A scum of Britains and base lackey peasants,

Whom their o'ercloyed country vomits forth

To desperate adventures and assur'd destruction.



In your manuscript, indent block quotations twice -- they are distinct from normal paragraph indentations. Also note the manner of citing the source here. The roman numerals for Act and Scene are standard, although one sees Arabic used by some critics.

In quoting shorter passages in linear form, you still need to indicate line breaks when Shakespeare is writing in verse: Othello recalls, "Upon this hint I spake: / She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd, / And I lov'd her that she did pity them" (I.iii.166-168). Note the withholding of final punctuation in this case until after the parenthetical citation. The slash marks indicate line breaks in the verse.  


Posted: April 21, 2016

1.  In Act V Sc ii, Horatio delivers the following lines:

And let me speak to the yet unknowing world

How these things came about: so shall you hear

Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts,

Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters,

Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause,

And, in this upshot, purposes mistook

Fall'n on the inventors' reads: all this can I

Truly deliver.

How do his words summarize the events in the play?  Citing specific examples explain the quote.

2. This is a tragedy, and, like most, has a great deal to do with death. What are some of the many views we see on death, dying, and the dead?  Discuss, do not simply list.

3. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a play with many recurring themes and motifs.    One of the most interesting aspects is the character of Hamlet; he is a memorable character who demonstrates many universal truths and qualities which continue to relate to our world.

Literature is filled with many great teen characters; many of these are studied in school like Romeo and Juliet, Holden Caulfield, and Ponyboy. Based on his depression, his struggles, and his general outlook of life, it can be argued that Hamlet was the world's first emo.  Do you agree or disagree?

Points to consider:        ·teen angst      ·teen depression    ·what does emo mean?  define it.  give examples.      ·Hamlet's soliloquies     ·emo music song lyrics     ·are all teens emo-like?

·have there always been emos?  will there always be emos?  is 'emo' simply a label for the moody teen world?

4.  A topic of your choice.  You must get teacher permission.

This is not a personal essay.  Support what you say.  Use discussion - talk about and explain your thoughts and ideas. Do NOT simply retell the play!!

Your essay MUST be typed (font 12, times New Roman, double space).  Your essay MUST follow MLA formatting.  Essay length: 5 typed pages (not counting work cited page).  Value = 100.  Spelling and mechanics count for 30%.  MLA format counts for 20%

AVOID PLAGIARISM       Due:  May 10, 2016

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“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” deals with the theme of regret.  Define regret.  Look up a quote concerning regret and using it as the jumping off point, write a 3 page personal essay discussing regret.  You must include discussion of the story.

 Your essay MUST:

 Be typed.  Font 12.  Times New Roman.  Double spaced.

 Provide a works cited page for definition, quote, short story references, and any other source of information.

 Follow MLA format.


MLA Format = 20

Spelling/Mechanics = 30

Content =  50                                                                              Total:  100




Essay Due:      March 23, 2016


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Posted: February 15, 2016

Finish reading The Pearl before Thursday.  In-class novel assignment that day.


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