Comic Relief

Writing Exercise 12:
Comic Relief


Write a one-page (250-300 words) analysis of the two Clowns, or Gravediggers, in Hamlet 5.1. Critics often simply dismiss them as “comic relief.” Try to explain how the humor of the Clowns relates to the larger themes of the play.

Give your analysis a clear and explicit thesis and support it with specific references to the play.

For this, and all your essays in this class, please use strict MLA format.

Due: April 22

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