Hamlet: Prince of Denmark
Instructor: Jaimie Crawford
|Introduction to the Unit: Many students dislike Shakespeare, and most will admit it's because Shakespearean language is not their own. It is dry, funny-sounding, aloof, dead, stupid, boring stuff on a page--a page which looks more intimidating than the last Calculus test they took. But Shakespeare was never meant to be read; his plays are just that: plays--dramas to be given flesh and blood on a stage (or in a classroom). This unit attempts to bring to life the bard's most famous tragedy, Hamlet, utilizing the internet, film, and student presentation.|
You may work in a group of no more than 3 people.
To prepare, follow the DIRECTIONS below:
1. Choose one scene from Hamlet. No two groups may choose the same scene; they will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2. Reread the entire act of the play from which your scene was taken.
3. Give the class a brief summary of this scene including a character sketch; plot synopsis; and the general tone and mood of the scene. Include discussion of least two critical articles on your scene .
4. Find at least two versions of the scene on video (from Pine Crest video library : Mr. Williams, Blockbuster, Broward County library). Compare the tones, themes, styles, actors/actresses, costumes etc.. of your scenes.
5. Practice acting out the scene with your group--when performing for the class, be ready to discuss the actors' motivations, moods, situations, and purposes.
6. Analyze the mood, situation, motivation, purpose, style, syntax, diction, imagery, tone, etc.. of one particular monologue or dialogue in the scene.
On the day of your presentation:
1. Give the class a brief summary of the play and act.
2. Act out the scene you are presenting. Before acting it out, discuss the character(s)' mood, situation, motivation, and purpose.
3. Analyze the dialogue or monologue's tone, diction, syntax, theme, imagery, irony, and any other literary techniques you may find.
4. Show the class two excerpts of films. Lead a discussion comparing the two.