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San Jose Campus, Swisher Library: Kmieciak / Shakespeare

The Bolles School San Jose Campus Swisher Library

Assignment Directions

Write an essay about either Macbeth or Hamlet (not both) wherein you approach the play via the views set forth by A.C. Bradley in “Shakespearean Tragedy” (in the back of your Macbeth Signet edition) or by Maynard Mack in “The World of Hamlet” (Hamlet Signet edition) or by any other legitimate critic in a peer reviewed essay.

  • You may select any essay from the Signet editions or a library book or from JSTOR or The Gale Library sources. You can access the electronic sources by the link within the Macbeth and Hamlet folder on Schoology, by the Bolles website under Academics/Libraries/Class Guides/ Shakespeare/Kmieciak, or by the QR code in Swisher library. You can access passwords to the databases via the Schoology icon on this library page. 
  • You should not attempt to summarize or analyze the critical essay. Rather, you should find some point about which you believe the author to be mistaken. Then go on to explain how you disagree with the author. You also should also support a claim in one of your paragraphs with a statement from another critic.   
  • Please develop your own thesis for this assignment; if you need help with a thesis, please feel free to see me or to read the thesis statement articles/link in the Schoology Writing Tips folder.
  • You should follow the MLA format at Purdue Owl, and after submitting your final draft to Turnitin, submit the paper to the Assignments link on Schoology.  

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