Critical thinking

posted a link to T.S. Eliot’s great short essay “The Problem of Hamlet,” in which he takes the contrarian position that Hamlet is a “failed play.” As an additional extra credit assignment, choose a work we read this semester (could be a short story, poem, or play) that you didn’t like/didn’t think was successful and write a 500-word argument exploring your opinion.

The Problem of Hamlet

Stories/Poems to choose from
Jackson “The Lottery
Poe, “Cask of Amontillado
Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown
Chopin, “Story of an Hour”
W Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants
Sophocles, Oedipus the King
Carver, “Cathedral”
W O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”
W Atwood, “Happy Endings”
Emily Dickinson, “I Dwell in Possibility” “After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes
Allen Ginsberg, “A Supermarket in California”
Walt Whitman, “When I Heard the Learned Astronomer

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