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|Thesis (0-1 point)
7.B – Develop a thesis statement that conveys a defensible claim about an interpretation of literature and that may establish a line of reasoning.
|Sophistication (0-1 points)
7.C Develop commentary that establishes and explains relationships among textual evidence, the line of reasoning, and the thesis. 7.D Select and use relevant and sufficient evidence to both develop and support a line of reasoning. 7.E Demonstrate control over the elements of composition to communicate clearly.
|Evidence & Commentary (0-4 points)
7.A Develop a paragraph that includes 1) a claim that requires defense with evidence from the text and 2) the evidence itself. 7.C Develop commentary that establishes and explains relationships among textual evidence, the line of reasoning, and the thesis. 7.D Select and use relevant and sufficient evidence to both develop and support a line of reasoning. 7.E Demonstrate control over the elements of composition to communicate clearly.
prompt… In his soliloquy in scene three, Claudius confesses to the crime of murder and then struggles with his inability to repent for that sin. In a well-written essay, analyze how Shakespeare uses resources of language to demonstrate Claudius’ complex character.
O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven;
It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t,
A brother’s murder. Pray can I not,
Though inclination be as sharp as will.
My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
And, like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
And both neglect. What if this cursed hand
Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood,
Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens
To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy
But to confront the visage of offence?
And what’s in prayer but this two-fold force,
To be forestalled ere we come to fall,
Or pardon’d being down? Then I’ll look up,
My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer
Can serve my turn? ‘Forgive me my foul murder’?
That cannot be; since I am still possessed
Of those effects for which I did the murder,
My crown, mine own ambition and my queen.
May one be pardoned and retain the offence?
In the corrupted currents of this world
Offence’s gilded hand may shove by justice,
And oft ‘tis seen the wicked prize itself
Buys out the law: but ‘tis not so above;
There is no shuffling, there the action lies
In his true nature; and we ourselves compelled,
Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults
To give in evidence. What then? what rests?
Try what repentance can: what can it not?
Yet what can it when one cannot repent?
O wretched state! O bosom black as death!
O limed soul, that, struggling to be free
Art more engaged! Help, angels!–Make assay;
Bow, stubborn knees; and, heart with strings of steel
Be soft as sinews of the newborn babe.
All may be well.