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General Assignment Instructions
View the videos below and then answer the following prompts in an MLA formatted Word document in a minimum of 300 words.
Do not recopy the questions into your document.
A complete assignment applies the lessons of the unit to the topic of the video.
Please read the rubric carefully before beginning the assignment.
Theatrical Performance Assignment Instructions
Shakespeare’s works have been around for a long time. His writing is open to interpretation, especially when it is performed live. One of the most famous scenes from Shakespeare’s work comes from the tragedy, Hamlet. The most famous scene is a soliloquy, a scene that displays a character’s inner thoughts to the audience. At this moment Hamlet is considering if suicide would be a better choice than continuing to live through his difficult life. Hamlet is deeply religious and concerned about the consequences of taking his own life. This scene displays Hamlet’s consideration of his inner turmoil.
Watch the following three interpretations from different productions of Hamlet. While each actor and director use the same original text as a starting point, they all present a unique version of the scene.
Address the following for each performance:
Why do you believe the director made the choices they did regarding the set, costume, and lighting?
What made each actor’s portrayal unique (mood, delivery, attitude)?
Thinking about all three of the provided clips select the one portrayal you think seemed the most authentic to the emotions of the text and discuss why. Be specific.
To Be Or Not To Be Soliloquy Text
Andrew Scott as Hamlet
Mozez Aslam. “To Be Or Not To Be – Hamlet (Andrew Scott Full Soliloquy).” YouTube. Uploaded 21 December 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6CLdCl9TB0
Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet
The Lowry. “Paapa Essiedu’s ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ speech in Royal Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” YouTube. Uploaded 16 January 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dZMJM-LGzQ
Maxine Peake as Hamlet
Peake, Maxine. “To Be Or Not To Be,” Hamlet. 2014. Manchester’s Royal Exchange. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/video/2015/mar/09/maxine-peake-as-hamlet-to-be-or-not-to-be-video