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Hamlet: Evaluating Secondary Sources Exercise: Home

Hamlet Exercise

You will read two out of the six literary critiques from the box below.  The authors of these critiques are experts in Shakespearean theatre and are qualified to write  through their experience and education.  These were all originally edited and published in literary magazines, then collected and distributed via database publishers.  You will be using the worksheet to the left to explain the purpose/objective of the essay the thesis (main assertion), supporting points (minor assertions), and stating important quotations.  You will also create a final evaluation and explain how the essay expanded your knowledge of Hamlet.

Critiques of Hamlet

Note about access:  The first four are from EBSCO's Literary Reference Center.  You can access these at home after entering Montytech's password.  These are available to read on mobile devices without difficulty.  You need to click on PDF Full-Text at the top to download the article.  The last two are from Gale's Literature Resource Center.  You access them at home after "authenticating" your computer by clicking on the first link, then the second link.  You can only access on your mobile device if you have a library card, or download the Gale Group appThese are the MLA citations for each article.


1. Kincaid, Arthur Noel. "Hamlet's Cue For Passion In The Nunnery Scene." Shakespeare Studies 10.(1977): 99. Literary Reference Center. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. - Link

2. Dean, Paul. "The Afterlife Of Hamlet." English Studies 83.6 (2002): 519. Literary Reference Center. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. - Link

3. Hirsh, James, and S. P. Cerasano. "The "To Be, Or Not To Be" Speech: Evidence, Conventional Wisdom, And The Editing Of Hamlet." Medieval & Renaissance Drama In England 23.(2010): 34-62. Literary Reference Center. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. - Link

4. Godshalk, W.L. "Hamlet's Dream Of Innocence." Shakespeare Studies 9.(1976): 221. Literary Reference Center. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. - Link

5. Harkins, Matthew. "Making 'Young Hamlet'." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 49.2 (2009): 333+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. - Click here first.  Then click here.

6. Pannu, D. S. "'Deep Plots,' Chance, and Providence in Hamlet." Hamlet Studies 15.1-2 (Summer-Winter 1993): 100-106. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 123. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. - Click here first.  Then click here.