A List Of The Most Popular Essay Questions Related To Shakespeare


Your literature teacher may ask you to compose an essay related to William Shakespeare. It’s good if they don’t require you to write on a particular topic because this allows you to make your own choice. There are many interesting questions to discuss. If nothing comes to your mind, look at the list of ideas below.


Topics for Your Academic Paper


  1. The role of Hamlet’s seven soliloquies in revealing his character.
  2. The extent to what Macbeth’s actions are motivated by the supernatural.
  3. The role of Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet.
  4. The qualities of Brutus that cause his own destruction in Julius Caesar.
  5. The function of the Fool in King Lear.
  6. The character of Desdemona it Othello.
  7. The development of the comedic subplot in Henry IV, Part I.
  8. The ways in which Richard II contributes to his own downfall in King Richard II.
  9. The origins of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
  10. The portrayal of Hermione in The Winter’s Tale as a reflection of women in Tudor England.
  11. The relationships between Hamlet and Gertrude.
  12. The role of King Duncan in Macbeth and his contribution to the play.
  13. The character of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.
  14. The motivation of Cassius in Julius Caesar.
  15. The problem of racism in Othello.

Writing Your Paper


If you’re going to analyze a piece of literature in your paper, you cannot start writing without making preparations. First of all, you should read the novel, narrative, play, etc. that you’ll discuss. It’s not enough just to learn the summary of its plot and the names of its characters.


It’s also advisable to make an outline for your paper before you start writing. With a good outline, the structure of your essay will be strong and you won’t forget to mention any important details in your text.


Try to write your essay using simple language that will be understandable to your audience and won’t distract the reader from the actual contents. Start the introduction with a hook that will draw the interest of the reader to your paper. Begin each body paragraph with a clear topic sentence that introduces a separate point or argument. Restate your points in the conclusion to provide the reader with a summary of what you wanted to convey to them through your writing.


Make sure to proofread your essay several times. This will increase the chance of you noticing mistakes that should be corrected.