Help your students make sense of Hamlet's four major soliloquies in William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, with these close-reading activities. Students respond to a statement based on the soliloquy stating whether they agree or disagree and find evidence from the soliloquy to support their claim. A copy of each soliloquy is included.
The soliloquies covered are:
"O, that this too too solid flesh" (1.2)
"Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I" (2.2)
"To be or not to be --" (3.1)
"How all occasions do inform against me" (4.4)
These activities could work as homework assignments, group work, bell-ringers, exit slips, or even as substitute lesson plans. The prompts can also help lead a class discussion on the scene or serve as writing prompts.
Want more HAMLET resources? Check out the following:
Shakespeare's Hamlet Characterization Activity -- Worksheets, Bell-Ringers
Want more SHAKESPEARE resources? Check out the following:
• Shakespeare Introductory PowerPoint - 42 Slides Featuring His Life and Times
(recently updated with more slides!)
• Shakespearean Insults Activity Cards
• Shakespeare Figurative Language Task Cards: Bell-Ringers, Quizzes, Worksheet
• Introduction to Shakespearean Language PowerPoint