Top 20 Ideas To Write A Research Paper On Hamlet

Hamlet is one of the more famous of Shakespeare’s plays, and this play has some great topics to cover in a research paper. Below you will find some great questions that you can use to write your paper.

Top 20 Questions

  1. What does Marcellus mean when he talks about the state of Denmark?
  2. Hamlet’s Ghost speech, what do we learn from that scene?
  3. How does the way that Guildenstern, Rosencrantz, and Hamlet’s interaction with each other explain Hamlet’s problem?
  4. At the end of Act II, what does Hamlet decide to do?
  5. Why is Hamlet’s famous speech in Act III, so important to the play?
  6. Why is Ophelia so cruel to Hamlet in Act III of the play?
  7. How is the interaction with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern different from their first encounter with Hamlet?
  8. Why doesn’t Hamlet take any action against Claudius in Act III?
  9. Do you think Hamlet is crazy in this play or pretending? Find lines in the play that support this.
  10. What is the significance of the meeting between Hamlet and Fortinbras in Act IV?
  11. Why does everything Ophelia says sound mad and what happens to her character at the end of Act IV?
  12. Look at all of the scenes between Laertes and Claudius, what do they plan for Hamlet and in what part do you see that Laertes is the foil?
  13. Why does Hamlet less present in the fourth act of the play?
  14. The fifth and final act of the play starts with two clowns making jokes, do these jokes hold any context to the play?
  15. Where does the fight between Laertes and Hamlet take place and does this play have any significance?
  16. The character of Osric, who is he and why is he in the play?
  17. Is there a point in the play where Hamlet realizes that he won’t survive the fight?
  18. What happens at the end of the fight scene?
  19. Who survives the play and how do others in the play meet their demise?
  20. Why is Fortinbras an important character in the play?

This list of questions should be a good start to give you some ideas or a topic to cover in your research paper. And if you want to get some other good ideas read some other papers on the topic. This story has been around for years, and there are many ways to cover the subject and reading other papers might give you an idea on a different topic if you don’t like these.

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