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Help with Creating Music CD for Elizabethan Drama.im in 9th ggrade at central cabarrus...

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tarheelgurly | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2009 at 6:47 AM via web

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Help with Creating Music CD for Elizabethan Drama.

im in 9th ggrade at central cabarrus high school. and i discoverd this sight while doing a english projectt on common plays during the elizabethan era.i have to write a 1 page paper on this subject, and make a cd with 5 modern songs that relate to 5 plays during that time.the plays i have chosen are: Hamlet, Love's Labor's lost, Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet..if you have any ideas of songs that would be good to use please let me know..i live in a religiouse home and thats the only kind of music my parents allow me to listen to.And at my school i cannot play religious music on class.. which is part of my

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 14, 2009 at 3:14 AM (Answer #2)

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I think you need to talk to your teacher about playing religious songs. What your teacher probably wants to avoid is the appearance of proselytizing in the classroom. However, it is permissible to discuss religion from the point of view of understanding Shakespeare's work. For instance, it really is impossible to understand why Hamlet does not kill Claudius when he at prayer unless you understand the Elizabethan view of purgatory. The the church during Shakespeare's time believed that if a person was killed while praying, he would go directly to heaven and not have to spend any time in purgatory, a place where they believed one's sins were paid for and then one could ascend to heaven. Hamlet's father was killed while he was asleep and is upset because he was killed "with all my imperfections on my head." Thus, the Hamlet's father  was in still purgatory and Hamlet did not want to send Claudius directly to heaven. So what you want to find is some religious music that can exemplify themes or scenes of these plays. My suggestions would be "Give Us Clean Hands" for "Macbeth", "No Greater Love" for "Romeo and Juliet", "How You Live" for "Love's Labor's Lost", "On My Knees" for "Hamlet" ( to describe what should have happened to Claudius) and "That's How Much I Love You" ( What Desdemona did for Othello). These can all be found on itunes and perhaps you have others in your music collection at home that would even be better. Hope this helps.

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