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An A Level Guide to Hamlet

Richard Gent | Monday October 19, 2020


In addition to our guides the following are some ideas for delivering lessons.

Discuss the students’ experience of the tragic genre and Shakespeare to date (likely tragic Shakespearean texts studied at KS4 include Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet and, perhaps, Othello). Such texts can be useful counterpoints in the study of Hamlet.

Introduce two possible approaches, conventional essay and re-creative, making clear the differences between the two.

Discuss what ‘tragedy’ is – texts, common themes, elements, characters, plot aspects. NB Perhaps use The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy as a course textbook to dip into as appropriate.

Introduce concepts…

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