I have of late, and wherefore i know not, lost all my mirth.… what a piece of work is a man!

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Write a 3-4 page paper (800-1000 words) following these guidelines:
(stick to this word count!! It is difficult to be concise. That is part of the exercise. I will not read past the 4th page.)
Choose two quotations from two different books from the options below and write an essay that connects the quotations through a deep dive into the specific meaning in each play, as well as a comparison between the plays.
You must answer the questions below and make sure to significantly discuss all three books in your essay!
You must have a Thesis Statement, and this is a formal essay (not just answering the questions)
A. “Seems”, Madam? Nay it is. I know not “seems”.
B. I have of late, and wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth.… What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!…
C. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.
D. A villain kills my father, and for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven…
E. To be, or not to be, that is the question;
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to…
F. Words, words, words

A. When the illusion ended, he had to kill himself.
B. If your mercy is so cruel, what do you have for justice?
C. He was thus denied all means of escape from his tormentors.
D. Rules make us happy because they are for our own good.
E. It’s okay to see them naked if you cut them up afterward.
F. Because it is your standards we abide by.
G. …as he’s achieved greater and greater normality, his condition’s edged him closer to the grave.
H. Yet he makes all of us think he is deeply like ourselves.

and answer the following questions and then connect your quotations

What is the context of the quotation?
Which play/novel? (free points, do not miss them by not mentioning which book the quotation came from!)
Who is speaking?
To whom is s/he speaking?
What is the context of the scene? (e.g. what has just happened that is relevant)
What is the literal meaning of the quotation in its context?
What might we take as the greater meaning within the text?
What might we take as the greater meaning, more universally? How does it connect to other questions and themes we have read about this semester? Make a specific comparison with a similar idea or theme in another text from this unit and the one before: Death and the King’s Horseman, Hamlet, The Elephant Man

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