ERIC Number: ED363590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Hamlet's Suicide Soliloquy: A Case Study in Suicide Ideology.
Jenkins, Andrew P.
This paper presents a secondary-level teaching technique that can be used in an integrated English and health education curriculum. The exercise provides students and teachers with a case study of a suicidal person for the purpose of teaching the warning signs of suicide, appropriate questioning, and referral skills. The case study uses Hamlet's suicide soliloquy as an example of suicide ideation. Students are asked to identify and discuss statements by Hamlet that act as "red flag" warning signs, what tools and methods might be used, what motivations for dying and for living Hamlet has, how students might intervene if they were a character in the play, and to whom they would refer Hamlet if he were a classmate in modern times. The paper ends with a list of suicide-related terminology and four key warning signs. (Contains a list of seven suggested readings for teachers and nine references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Counselors; Students; Practitioners
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