Hamlet concludes. And now we must tear this ship apart until we find Shakespeare’s plans.
We will begin with a massive brainstorm of lines of significance from the play. We will fill the thinking boards with Act, scene, line numbers and the first few words of each line to help us keep track. From there, we will distill them and put them into ….
Yes. We are going to have Hamlet Madness 2013 as we try to take the 16 most important lines of Hamlet and determine the single most important line, the one line that captures the spirit, essence, theme and tone of the entire play.
There can be only one.
(I’ve never done this using the online bracket tool I’ve chosen for this . . . so . . . it may be a little messy.)
Hamlet Madness 2013
This will be the first half of our work today.
The second half will be completing an on-demand practice. (And this one will be happening. It will.) It’s our first go of the “Open Response” question.
29. 1998 AP Question: In his essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau offers the following assessment of literature:
In literature it is only the wild that attracts us.
Dullness is but another name for tameness. It is the
uncivilized free and wild thinking in Hamlet and The Iliad,
in all scriptures and mythologies, not learned in schools,
that delights us.
From the works you have studied in school, choose a novel, play, or epic poem that you may initially have thought was conventional and tame but that you value for its “uncivilized free and wild thinking.” Write an essay in which you explain what constitutes its “uncivilized free and wild thinking” and how that thinking is central to the value of the work as a whole. Support your ideas with specific references to the work you choose.
Creative Endeavor: Hamlet as Reality Series
So the argument has been made all throughout our work that Hamlet relates to today’s adolescent experience. Would today’s audiences agree?
Conceptualize Hamlet as a reality series. How would it be staged? Where would it take place? What networks/YouTube channels would air it? What might be the hook or gimmick to the series? What series might it be based upon? Would it be documentary style? Would it be competitive in nature?
You may present your thinking in any way you wish. The more developed and complete the vision, the more specific you are in your thinking, the stronger you make the argument, the more likely you are to meet — and then exceed — the standard.