Hamlet and Other Story Themes

Hamlet and Other Story Themes
Hamlet and Other Story Themes
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If you have read Hamlet with your class, you know that more themes infect that play than possibly any other. This fact, while exhausting, makes Hamlet the perfect text with which to compare other stories read in class, perhaps on a final exam. Maybe just on an in-class, group work worksheet. Use it how you want.

Basically, students describe the theme in Hamlet compared to other texts we read. You can use some of the same stories, or just find ones that fit with Hamlet. I identified 12 main themes for this assignment, and I probably still missed a few. I won't list the themes here, but I will list the other stories, just in case you want to make sure you can make the connections with stories you've read before.

A Doll’s House "Dinner Party” “The Bet” “Too Soon a Woman” “The Quiet Man” “A Jury of Her Peers” Pride and Prejudice, The Things They Carried, “You Can’t Take it With You” Breaking Away, “A Secret For Two” “War” ... each semester was a little different.

I made the section worth 25 points, but you could also have each small group choose a theme for a discussion. And don't limit yourself to this list by any means. The fact that Hamlet is often seen as one of the greatest works of literature means that the universal themes relate to just about any text you might choose. This list just happened to exist in my school's book room.
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