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    Right, I don't know how well I'm going to be able to explain this..
    I'm thinking of looking at Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet. I kind of want to focus on how certain themes such as power, ambition, love and death and their effects are portrayed, but can't think of a question that covers all of them that allows me to do a few essays worth on them! I came up with the basic question of how does Shakespeare portray power, love etc., but I can't make that into a few chapters! Any ideas on titles? Or have I completely confused everyone?
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    Firstly, you've got to create a question or topic that is specific, compact and able to be analysed in depth. From what you've got at the moment (and I realise it's all rough and vague at this point, but still - ) you could write ad infinitum (considering how intricate Shakespeare can be). I would recommend refining your topic to one of the prime thematics (ambition, OR love, OR power &etc.) and how it is elucidated through ________ (be that through specific symbolism, a character, or the interaction between characters).

    That was a pretty mundane example, but hopefully you get the general idea
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    (Original post by Ayla Phoenix)
    Firstly, you've got to create a question or topic that is specific, compact and able to be analysed in depth. From what you've got at the moment (and I realise it's all rough and vague at this point, but still - ) you could write ad infinitum (considering how intricate Shakespeare can be). I would recommend refining your topic to one of the prime thematics (ambition, OR love, OR power &etc.) and how it is elucidated through ________ (be that through specific symbolism, a character, or the interaction between characters).

    That was a pretty mundane example, but hopefully you get the general idea
    Thanks, I just feel that if I narrow it down to just love or power then I won't be able to write as much, as well as sectioning off four or five chapters aswell.
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    Ok, that's fair enough - then if you feel like you can't narrow down thematics, then perhaps try to narrow down the frame in which those themes are portrayed - like I said, through particular symbolism, character etc. Good luck
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    (Original post by Ayla Phoenix)
    Ok, that's fair enough - then if you feel like you can't narrow down thematics, then perhaps try to narrow down the frame in which those themes are portrayed - like I said, through particular symbolism, character etc. Good luck
    Okay, thanks for the advice!
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    That's far too wide, as the other poster said, either concentrate on one theme, or one play.
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    Sigmund Freud believed the greatest works in world literature are all about parricide, and that Shakespeare's Hamlet was one of the three greatest works alongside Sophocles's Oedipus the King and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. You could talk about parricide, or the destabilisation of power structures in Hamlet; Macbeth is also a good example in this context if you felt it necessary to contrast and compare.
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    Power and love are the same thing no? :p:
 
 
 
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