Hamlet Imagery and Themes Activity

Hamlet Imagery and Themes Activity
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Imagery should not be taken to imply only a visual reproduction. An image may even be the description of any sensation that appeals to sensations such as; taste, touch, see, hear and smell. Images are frequently expressed figuratively, especially in metaphors and similes. Often, images reveal character traits or contribute to the action, plot or underlying themes.

The theme of a work of literature is its central or dominant idea presented. It is not the same as plot. Shakespeare expresses a number of themes in Hamlet.

In this activity, students will merge both of these understandings together as they create a poster using textual evidence of imagery from any Acts you decide - or the whole play! A list of themes are included for students to choose from / be arranged into. Students will then find imagery in the play that supports their group's theme.

Students will practice close reading of key passages, work collaboratively in small-groups, and represent their understanding of drama in a creative way. This can also be used for any play!

This can be used as a formative or summative task. Rubric is not included as I used this as a formative activity. I displayed my students' final product to add some colour and anchor charts for our classroom, which worked great for our review of the play.
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