February 27, 2012
Home Reading Assignment
Worksheet 1: What is the social problem?
1. The social problem is: People killing themselves. 2. Identify all the players involved in the social problem. The victims, the person provoking, and the by stander. 3. List 3 undesirable social conditions that result from this problem: Murder, Suicide, & depression 4. Write a short description that summarizes the social problem and explain how it affects Hamlet and Ophelia. I think that the lack of guidance for Ophelia and Hamlet possess significant impact on the choices that both characters make. Essentially, Ophelia is left without anyone to really advocate for her. She understands that her emotions for Hamlet are intense and that the situation that surrounds them both is equally volatile. Worksheet 2: Gathering evidence of the problem
List the specific evidences of this problem as expressed in Hamlet and in cotemporary Society. Cite your sources.
Worksheet 3: Identifying causes of the problem
List at least 10 causes or factors that contribute to the problem. Cite your sources. Quote 1: "'The funeral baked meats / Did coldly furnish forth themarriage tables....'" Act 1, Scene 2, lines 179-180 Quote 2: "'My father's spirit in arms! All is not well.
I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come.
Till then, sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.'" Act 1, Scene 2, lines 254-257 Quote 3: "'Give every man thy ear but few thy voice....Neither a borrower nor a lender be....This above all - to thine own self be true....'" Act 1, Scene 3, lines 68-78 Quote 4: "'Angels and ministers of grace defend us!'" Act 1, Scene 4, line 20 Quote 5: "'The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown.'" Act 1, Scene 5, lines 39-40 Quote 6: "'Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.'" Act 2, Scene 2, lines 203-204 Quote 7: "'The play's the thing /...
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