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)