In this Hamlet activity, students analyze how characters support and conflict with the humanist ideals of the Renaissance period. (Hint: It's pretty easy to adhere to the ideals in a college classroom, but not so much when facing uncertainty and big emotions!)
Detailed teacher instructions are included, but here's a brief description of the activity:
• Student groups get several play excerpts and explain how the characters support or conflict with the humanist ideals (list of ideals is included).
• The whole class works together to see if there are more examples of characters conflicting with or supporting the humanist ideals. (Spoiler alert: there are more examples of conflicting with the ideals, so students have to think about why Shakespeare, as a Renaissance writer, would have wanted to structure it that way.)
• Wrap-up questions help students put it all together and make personal connections.
Detailed answer key included!
This is a great way to help students see the ideas that guided Shakespeare's writing and relate to the difficulty of sticking to one's principles in the midst of trying times.
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