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To Be or Not To Be. Susan Isom English and French Grades 6-12. Camp To Be or Not to Be. Campfire Stories. Hamlet King Lear Romeo and Juliet Taming of the Shrew Merchant of Venice Macbeth. Themes of Plays. Hamlet: Facing difficult circumstances

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To Be or Not To Be

Susan Isom

English and French

Grades 6-12



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Campfire Stories

  • Hamlet

  • King Lear

  • Romeo and Juliet

  • Taming of the Shrew

  • Merchant of Venice

  • Macbeth


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Themes of Plays

  • Hamlet: Facing difficult circumstances

  • King Lear: Honor your father and mother

  • Taming of the Shrew: Seeing the true person

  • Romeo and Juliet: Hatred and forgiveness

  • Merchant of Venice: Mercy and justice

  • Macbeth: Guilt and repentance


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Skit Night: Props, Quotes and Fun

  • King Lear

    • Lehi, Laman and Lemuel

  • Macbeth

    • Cain and Abel

  • Merchant of Venice

    • Christ’s parable of debtor’s forgiveness

  • Romeo and Juliet

    • Rachel and Leah

  • Hamlet

    • Job

  • Taming of the Shrew

    • Alma’s conversion


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Shakespeare Tidbits

  • Shakespeare married at age 18 to Anne Hathaway who was 26.

  • Women were not allowed in the plays. Men played all the parts.

  • Lower class audiences. Plays were to appeal to rich and poor.

  • No lights were used.

  • Shakespeare invented 32,000 words.

  • We use 5,000 words today.

  • Leapfrog and hot-blooded are two examples.


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Comedies and Tragedies

  • Comedies:

    • Taming of the Shrew

    • Much Ado About Nothing

    • Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Tragedies:

    • Romeo and Juliet

    • Hamlet

    • Macbeth

    • King Lear

    • Merchant of Venice



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To be or not to be,

That is the quesiton,

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troulbes

And by opposing end them.







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Romeo and Juliet Appeals to Upper and Lower Classes

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo

    -impatient, non-committal, rebel

    Juliet

    -level-headed, trustworthy, committed

    Friar

    -emotional, power hungry, responsible




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Song from Much Ado About Nothing

Sigh no more ladies,

Sigh no more.

Men were deceivers ever,

One foot on sea,

And one on shore,

To one thing constant never.

Then sigh not so,

But let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into hey, nonny, nonny!




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