intro to closet scene: finally, a direct confrontation; Hamlet holds up a mirror to his mother, for his mother
In small groups, read aloud together the “closet scene”–between Hamlet and his mother Gertrude.
Assign lines to five different Hamlets (see below) with the goal of identifying the most vicious of these five Hamlets. In other words, which Hamlet comes closest to breaking his promise not to harm Gertrude? As a group, reach consensus on three reasons this Hamlet is more vicious than any of the other four. NOTE: different members may play Gertrude, and don’t lose track of her feelings in this scene.
Hamlet 1 (ll. 1-50), Hamlet 2 (53-101), Hamlet 3 (102-137), Hamlet 4 (140-181), Hamlet 5 (182-218)
After readings each group presents its comparison of the most vicious Hamlet to the kinder, gentler Hamlets. In your explanation, refer to specific lines.
Any time left over is devoted to decisions about auto/biography/memoir decisions.