Critical Essay Exemplars


Prompt: ways in which individuals struggle to restore honour and certainty (Jan 2009)

Hamlet (essay about Ophelia)

An Honourable Woman – Polished Critical


Overthinking It – Hamlet Critical Essay


Doubt Begets Doubt

Hamlet (Ophelia)

The Uncertainty of Femininity


“Purpose is but the Slave to the Memory”: Death and the Desire to Restore One’s Honour and Certainty (Hamlet Critical Essay)


Prompt: the ways in which an individual’s resilience is shaped by empathy. (June 2015)


Polished Critical: Manipulation of Empathy

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Looking Glass


Prompt: the significance of idealism and truth in an individual’s life. (June 2009)


Quixotry As it Dies


Hollow Idealism (Polished Critical)


Polished Critical, The Pursuit of an Ideal without Accountability to Truth


Prompt: the role self-perception plays when individuals seek to reconcile the conflict between illusion and reality. (June 2014)

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Looking Glass

A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche) compared to The Picture of Dorian Grey (Sybil)

The Truth of Magic–Polished Critical

Picture of Dorian Grey

Critical: The Effect of Self-Perception on the Conflict Between Illusion and Reality


Prompt: – the ways in which individuals take responsibility for themselves or others (June 2010)

Death of a Salesman

Polished Critical: Responsibility for One’s Self when Lacking Identity

Death of a Salesman

The Dream of a Salesman

The Great Gatsby

Death, Dreams, and Daisies: Another Polished Critical


Prompt: the role adversity plays in shaping an individual’s identity. (June 2011)


Progressive Deterioration of Identity – Polished Critical


Forfeiting the Conflict Against Adversity – Polished Critical on Elie Wiesel’s Night


Prompt: an individual’s capacity for self-sacrifice in the face of compelling circumstances. (June 2013)


Self-sacrifice vs. Self-preservation- Polished Critical


Prompt: an individual’s attempt to live unconstrained by convention or circumstance (June 2007)

Pride and Prejudice –  (comparison 2 paragraph essay)

a breaking of convention to obtain happiness – polished critical

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