Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Karee's Annotated Bibliography (1)

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I am interested in the psychology of self-identity. I will specifically be looking at the characters of Hamlet and Laertes as they search to defining themselves after tragic events (specifically the loss of their fathers). The big focus will be on how these characters act and perceive themselves based on what they feel others expect of them. I am currently think of doing a play on Polonius's advice to his son for the title: "To Which Self Be I True?" My thesis will be something like: Future leaders, such as a prince, should have a firm understanding of his identity because his future is made for him, however, Hamlet and Laertes's different reactions to tragedy prove that there is more to an identity than simply a future.
McDaniel, J.T., "Yet Here, Laertes (Polonius) (Act I, Scene III)," YouTube, 19 November 2015, Accessed on 15 November 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPr6Y_9sZQQ>
J.T. McDaniel is simply reading the part of Polonius to his son from act 1 scene 3. The inflections and tone of J.T. McDaniel are that of a loving father, a stark difference from Hamlet's father as portrayed in the version posted by Michael S. Mills. This will be helpful when analyzing the important role parents have in their child's self-identity.
MichaelSMills, "Hamlet Act 2 Scene 1," YouTube, 7 March 2011, Accessed on 6 November 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi7zsBBPOiQ>
A transition between Hamlet's silique and Polonius talking to Reynoldo about visiting Laertes. I find this version of Hamlet, particularly in act 2 scene 1 when Polonius talking to Reynoldo and asks him to "inquire of his behavior," to be particularly interesting because it shows that Polonius cares about his son's behavior and probably about his character too, which I will be able to use as proof that Polonius seems to have cared more about his son and encouraged him to be true to himself. 

Media or informal online sources 

Hameed, Khalid, "Copy of Hamlet: Identity Crisis," Prezi, 17 April 2013, Accessed on 14 November 2016 <https://prezi.com/b8ey475g00r3/copy-of-hamlet-identity-crisis/>

This is an excellent source because Khalid has gone through and has information about identity crisis and then proof that Hamlet did have the setting and the symptoms of identity crisis after the death of his father. Khalid's recognition of Hamlet's multiple character roles in the play are proof that Hamlet was asking questions about who he should be and what his purpose was.

Lavoie, Sarah, "Self Identity: Theory & Definition," Study.com, Accessed on 15 November 2016, <http://study.com/academy/lesson/self-identity-theory-definition-quiz.html>

This goes through the simple explanation of self-identity and some of the factors that can affect how one perceives him or herself. "What makes self-identity so tricky is that we evaluate ourselves as humans based on how we believe we are supposed to feel and how we are supposed to act according to our society. . . . Critical thoughts can affect our self-esteem and how we think of ourselves." I will be able to use this source to go into self-esteem and possibly compare Hamlet's reaction to his father's death to how Laertes responds to the death of his father. 

Malloy, Mina, "Laertes: Foil to Hamlet," YouTube, 15 December 2014, Accessed 15 November 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOaTJr2HZRU>

This is a quick summary and character analysis of Hamlet and Laertes. I will probably use parts of Mina's comparison of the two characters as I am analyzing how they respond to tragedy.


  1. Karee I think that seems like a very interesting idea! Polonius' speech is a great literary example. I also thought of the part in "The Tempest", where Prospero is finally going to tell Miranda who she is, and how knowing that (or understanding that expecation, that comes with title) will affect the way she thinks about herself. Maybe you could use that as another example of Shakespeare's exploration of that theme.

  2. I didn't even think to use Prospero's speech but I feel like that will be a great example. Thanks Gaylie!

  3. I think your thesis sounds great! It is complex enough that you will have enough material to work with, but not too in-depth that you will be tempted to go over the page limit. I would, however, reword things to be either plural or singular, but not both.