Since Literary Schools figure heavily in your Hamlet Assignment, I thought we should consider some relevant theories today. Once we have gone over the basic theories, we will consider the implications these theories have for your assignments. The basics of the Hamlet assignment are outlined below:
|Graphic novel/ Scrapbook||
Congratulations! You have collectively been hired by a TV executive to produce a made-for-TV version of Hamlet. Sadly, because you are high school students, the studio can’t give you credit; instead, you will be ghost-writers, writing for others while they take the glory. Sound good?
Still, if you are disappointed by the lack of recognition, take heart. The project looks promising: Michael Cera is the indecisive Hamlet, Russell Brand is the long-winded Polonius, Emma Watson is the sheltered Ophelia. The show has hit written all over it.
The problem, however, is that the entire broadcast can only be half an hour long. Thus, you have been asked to shorten the first act down to a handful of lines. Here are your guidelines:
- Each table will take one scene (we may have some duplication here)
- You can write no more than 2 pages of dialogue for the scene (everyone must write the lines)
- You must use common language. No Shakespearean language allowed.
- You must concentrate on the big plot points and development. What is essential?
- If you feel really creative, you can rewrite the characters to represent the casting choices outlined above. This step is optional.
- Don’t worry too much if the lines don’t seem to flow together. Making sense has never been television’s strong point.