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Hamlet Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In addition to providing clear guidance for teaching Shakespeare's language, this lesson plan offers comprehensive character analyses and assistance in conveying the play's primary themes, including the difficulty of decision-making and the right to rule. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Identify Bernardo, Francisco, Marcellus, Horatio, and King Hamlet from Hamlet. Bernardo, Francisco and Marcellus are guard soldiers at Elsinore. Horatio is Hamlet's friend. King Hamlet is Hamlet's father who was murdered prior to the beginning of the play.
- Identify King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Laertes, and Polonius in Hamlet. King Claudius is King Hamlet's brother, Hamlet's uncle. He came to the throne and married King Hamlet's wife after King Hamlet's death. Queen Gertrude is Hamlet's mother. Laertes is Polonius' son. Polonius is Lord Chamberlain.
- Where does Claudius send Cornelius and Voltimand? He sends them to the King of Norway with letters asking the King to try to keep young Fortinbras from going to battle.
- What does the King tell Hamlet? He tells Hamlet that Hamlet should not grieve so deeply for his father's death; it is time to think of other things. He says he wants Hamlet to think of him as his father and to remain at cheerful Elsinore for a while longer.
- Hamlet is upset for two reasons in Hamlet. What are they? His father has died, and his uncle has married his mother less than two months after his father's death. It was not a respectable period of time to wait, besides which the marriage in Hamlet's time was considered incestuous.
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