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Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film

Young scholars research the social context of Elizabethan England for Shakespeare's "Hamlet". They identify cultural influences on the play focusing on the theme of revenge and then analyze and compare film interpretations of the play.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show multiple versions of the ghost's appearance in Act I, scene v of Hamlet (Laurence Olivier's 1948, Tony Richardson's 1969, Zeffirelli's 1990, Kenneth Branagh's 1996, etc.) and ask class members to consider how the portrayal affects the revenge motif
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource focuses on Hamlet as a revenge tragedy

  • The packet includes worksheets, images, a list of guiding questions, links to related materials, and detailed activities

  • The resource presumes class members have experience analyzing literature
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