So much of what we do in class is aimed at analyzing the play and putting our English skills to use — because this is, after all, AP English. But Billy (that’s “Mr. Shakespeare” to you) would NOT approve of our slogging through his plays only looking for literary elements. So I hope you’ll try to keep in mind that I want you to find some HUMANITY in this work, to identify in some small way as a human being with what we’re doing.
ADDED 30 NOVEMBER Use as desired for writing the essay: Meaning of the Work as a Whole Choices
Below are the final scenes we’re discussing. I did not post anything from Act 5.2.
- Scene Handouts
Added 2 December, these are my personal notes on the scenes we analyzed. As usual, there is more information here than you can use, but you’re welcome to use whatever fits your topic.
Remember that plays are a VISUAL medium — they weren’t meant to be read like novels. So if you can catch a production, that’s much better. The link below will take you to the PBS “Great Performances” production starring David Tennant as Hamlet. It’s pretty good.