ERIC Number: ED476537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-21
Reference Count: N/A
"Hamlet" and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film. [Lesson Plan].
This lesson seeks to sensitize students to the complex nature of revenge as it is portrayed in William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." In the lesson, students learn how Shakespeare's play interprets Elizabethan attitudes toward revenge, as reflected in the structure of the Elizabethan revenge tragedy, one of the most popular forms of drama of the Elizabethan era. Intended for high school students, the lesson: cites subject areas, time required, and skills developed; provides an introduction; poses a guiding question; presents learning objectives; gives tips for teachers preparing to teach the lesson; suggests (and delineates) five classroom activities; offers suggestions for extending the lesson; lists Web resources; and addresses standards alignment. It is noted that a second lesson, "Chusingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy," builds on this lesson on Hamlet, paralleling this study with comparisons of Hamlet and the Elizabethan revenge ethic to the Japanese Bunraku/Kabuki play "Kanadehon Chushingura" and the Tokugawa revenge ethic. Two worksheets are attached. (NKA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classics (Literature), Cultural Context, Curriculum Enrichment, English Literature, High Schools, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Student Educational Objectives, Tragedy, Units of Study
For full text: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.; National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A