ERIC Number: ED476538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-21
Reference Count: N/A
"Hamlet" Meets "Chushingura": Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy. [Lesson Plan].
This lesson seeks to sensitize students to the similarities and difference between cultures by comparing the Shakespearean and the Bunraki/Kabuki dramas of Japan. In the lesson, the focus of this comparison is the complex nature of revenge explored in "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" and "Chusingura," or "The Treasury of the Loyal Retainers." The lesson asks what similarities and differences are present in Hamlet's situation as compared to the situations of the 47 ronin; what difficulties students face in making such a comparison between the revenge ethic in two different cultures; and how cultural beliefs and expectations shape an audience's response to a play. Intended for high school students, the lesson: cites subject areas, time required, and skills developed; provides an introduction; poses guiding questions; presents learning objectives; gives tips to teachers preparing to teach the lesson; suggests (and delineates) two classroom activities; offers suggestions for extending the lesson; lists Web resources; and addresses standards alignment. This lesson may be taught either as a stand-alone lesson or as a sequel to the complementary lesson "'Hamlet' and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film." (NKA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Context, Curriculum Enrichment, Drama, English Literature, High Schools, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Skill Development, Student Educational Objectives, 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.
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