learning goal: how does drama hold a mirror up to nature?

dec exam preview

reminder of Claudius’s conscience reference earlier in Act 3 (3.1.50ff.) / JE

H’s advice to the players: a bit of theatre history

H’s compliment and plea to a (real, trusted) friend

James Shapiro paragraph* re. giving offense to the monarch (p. 31)

the play performed, including dumb show (film, Branagh)

the king’s reaction: does he pass the test?

*James Shapiro, A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare 1599 (Harper Perennial, 2005)