Gertrude Baniszewski

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  • Understanding The Roots Of Crime

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    day in 1965, Gertrude Baniszewski was living on the edge. A once beautiful woman, she was worn out from parenthood and poverty. With practically no income, she had to raise seven children by ironing and

  • An American Crime

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    Ever since I could remember, my mother had always told me not to talk to strangers; and she constantly reminded me through the years. As an 8-year-old child, you don’t understand about the horrible crimes that can happen in world, and if you did, you thought that they could never happen to you. Well on one memorable night my parents came home and sat me and my sisters down. We all thought that it was going to be another lecture that we would just shake off like the others; instead they presented

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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    At the beginning of Hamlet, Hamlet gets a visit from the ghost of his dead father informing him that his brother Claudius was the one who killed him. He gives Hamlet the duty of killing Claudius in revenge and Hamlet agrees to do so. The task seems easy at first but as the play advances, Hamlet finds it tough to complete such a cruel task. I found it interesting how Hamlet’s hesitation to kill Claudius and get revenge for his father’s death drives him mad and ultimately causes the death of many innocent

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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    Insane or Not Insane? In the tragedy, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the audience is presented with a character who suffers inner and external conflicts. Hamlet, the young prince, continues to mourn his father’s death from the beginning of the play until the end. Hamlet’s inner conflict is that he discovers Claudius, his uncle, has committed the murder of his father. Hamlet does not analyze how he will seek revenge and murder his Uncle Claudius without his conscience interfering. The external conflict

  • Ophelia's Madness in Hamlet

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    Throughout Act 4, Scene 5 of Hamlet, Ophelia sings in lieu of her usual formal speech. Gertrude had been warned by the gentleman prior to Ophelia’s entrance that “her speech is nothing” (4.5.7). When Ophelia enters, her first lines in the scene, after asking where Gertrude is, are of song. Ophelia sings, “How should I your true love know From another one? By his cockle hat and staff, And his sandal shoon,” which Gertrude does not understand (4.5.22-25). Ophelia’s behavior has everyone concerned. When Ophelia

  • The Effects of Hamlet's Indecisiveness in William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Hamlet

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    Hamlet from William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is unable to commit to a decision throughout the play. His indecisiveness does not allow him to act quickly on any decision, leaving them lingering until it’s too late. Mentally, he thinks too much. Physically, he does not take enough action. Emotionally, his thoughts cause him to do irrational things. His delayed reaction to take revenge on Claudius results in everyone in the royal family dying. Hamlet’s weakness

  • Hamlets Insanity

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    Is Hamlet Insane or Sane? Throughout the play of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy's the main character, Hamlet is faced with the responsibility of getting vengeance for his father's murder. He decides to pretend madness as part of his plan to get the opportunity to kill Claudius who was the suspected murderer. As the play goes on, his portrayal of a madman becomes believable, and the characters around him respond quite vividly. Through his inner thoughts and the obvious reasons

  • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

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    Somewhere between the years of 1599 and 1602, William Shakespeare wrote his longest, most influential and powerful tragedy, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play stages the revenge that a young prince seeks against his uncle for murdering his father, inheriting the throne, and subsequently marrying his mother. Prince Hamlet, a university student, is an extremely philosophical and thoughtful character. When his father the King of Denmark dies, Hamlet returns

  • The Importance of the "Now"

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    (Ham. 3.1.32-40). The true innocence of her life is rewarded with a painless death, a death without any agony, without a loss she can feel. While Ophelia represents weakness and obedience, Gertrude, the only other female character in the play, embodies the exact opposite: power and independence. Gertrude wields much power as the queen and acts to keep it by marrying her brother-in-law after her first husband’s death. She makes decisions on her own. Far from innocent, she even admits she can see

  • The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery

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    drowns herself while important people like Laertes still remains. Ophelia shows desperation to terminate her life because drowning herself must have taken confidence in order to succeed. Ophelia experiences one of the worst possible ways to die since Gertrude expressed Ophelia’s death as the “muddy death”, which uses a negative adjective to describe something terrible (4.7.3332). Ophelia acts from depression, which causes a terrible outcome for her because her decision causes her to lose her life. Ophelia