What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet

What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
What If All the Dead Could Speak: A Readers Theatre Project for Hamlet
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This performance activity asks students to decide the status of the principal characters in the afterlife. Based on the testimony of the Ghost that he is condemned “for a time to walk the night/And for the day to fast in fires,” it can be reasonably inferred that Old King Hamlet is, and perhaps all of the dead have now joined him, in Purgatory.* (Claudius might be the lone exception; he could conceivably be in hell since he refused to repent.)

Students will work in groups of six or seven to search the play for textual evidence regarding each of the dead. (The monologue from Old Hamlet is optional. Perhaps you will want to add Rosencrantz and/or Guildenstern.)

I have included teaching notes so that you and your students can reflect on each of the dead's status in the after life. There are quotations from the works of Stephen Greenblatt and other scholars in the notes. There is also a link to a rubric as well as a separate assignment page at the end of the materials to be distributed to students.
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