Hamlet Out Loud


1 I, 2 79-89 "seems . . . woe"
explanation of the scene by Reciter=B.W.-6
2 and 3 I, 2 133--164 (team) "Too too sullied flesh would melt"
explanation of the first half of the scene by Reciter=MD
explanation of the first half of the scene by Reciter=MG-7
28A I, 3 62-86 Polonius' advice to Laertes
explanation of the scene by Reciter=AA-6
28B and 28C I, 3 62-86 Polonius' advice to Laertes
explanation of the first part of the scene by Reciter= MR-7
explanation of the second part of the scene by Reciter=MK-7
30 I, 5 15-30 the Ghost's revelation to Hamlet
explanation of the scene by Reciter=RS-6th
27 I, 5 49-98 "The ghost's explanationReciter=VY-6th
4 I, 5 102-116 "Remember thee? . . . in Denmark" no reciter
5 II, 2 262-311 "Denmark's a prison"
explanation of scene Reciter=A.P.-7
6 II, 2 319-334 "I have of late . . . seem to say so" "I have of late . . . seem to say so"
explanation of scene by Reciter=D.S.-6
7
8
9
II, 2 577- 634
"rogue and peasant slave"--Part 1
explanation of scene by Reciter= P.T.-6
"rogue and peasant slave"--Part 2
explanation of scene by Reciter=C.D.-6
"catch the conscience of the king" --Part 3
explanation of scene by Reciter=C.S.-6
10
11
III, 1 64- 98 "To be or . . . . all my sins remembered"
explanation of part 1 of the scene by Reciter=S.K.-6 and
explanation of part 2 of the scene by Reciter=S.T.-6
12 III, 1 131-162 "Get thee to a nunnery"
explanation of part 1 of the scene by Reciter=A.D.-7
13 III, 2 1-15 "Speak the speech, I pray you"
explanation of the scene by Reciter=H.C.-7
14 III, 2 261-279 "The Mousetrap . . .  bellow for revenge" 
explanation of scene by Reciter=Joe-6
15 III, 2 387-402 "It is as easy as lying . . . you cannot play upon me" no reciter
16 &
17
III, 3 40-76(team) "O my offense is rank . . . never to heaven go"
explanation of part 1 of the scene by Reciter=M.P.-6
explanation of part 2 of the scene by Reciter=A.R.-6
18
19
III, 4 63- 98 H. confronting Gertrude in her bedchamber, Part 1 Reciter=C.S.-7
H. confronting Gertrude in her bedchamber, Part 2
explanation of part 2 of the scene by Reciter=A.S.-6
20 III, 4 162-176 Hamlet chastizes Gertrude, "confess yourself to heaven"
explanation of the scene by Reciter= G.Z.-7
21 IV, 2 9-21 calls R. & G. a sponge, for soaking up the King's countenance
explanation of the scene by Reciter= A.W.-6
22 IV, 3 19-35 H & Claudius:  "Where's Polonius?" no reciter
23-24 IV, 4 34-69 Fortinbras's army; "How all occasions do inform against me"
explanation of the scene by Reciter= E.M.-7
explanation of the scene by Reciter= Julia-6
25 V, 1 190-202, 214-221 "Alas, poor Yorick"  considers mortality, Alexander and Caesar long dead
explanation of the scene by Reciter= K.H.-6
26 V, 2 233-238 and 378-384 "There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow... The readiness is all." and "draw thy breath in pain to tell my story."
explanation of the scene by Reciter=D.C.-7

Mr. Kendall's article, "Hearing Hamlet's Voice," written for the Bridges newsletter

Directions for Hamlet Out Loud Assignment

1) Choose an excerpt from the 30 numbered items.  First come, first serve. (finished in class, 11-25-03)

2) You must memorize a dozen lines from Hamlet, which you will recite out loud to the class starting Monday, December 8..  You are welcome to read additional text to set up your memorization.

3) You may also partner with someone else, to recite several of the longer excerpts, which are so indicated.  For example, excerpts 2 and 3, 10 and 11, 18 and 19, 23 and 24 could be duets, and three people could share excerpts 7, 8 and 9.

4) A few excerpts will require you to splice the lines, to eliminate another character, or you could also have a classmate read those lines, and you could recite yours from memory.

5) This is a pass-fail grade, dependent on your genuine effort, not acting quality.  You need to be able to intelligently "interpret" the lines, so you'll want to study the context of the entire scene.

6) You will give a two minute introduction or afterward, reflecting your understanding of what you have recited.

7) We'll try to recite as we discuss the reading, so we'll begin somewhere in Act II or early Act III, and end with Acts I and II in January, as a review for pulling everything together for the test.

8) You'll write a short paper based on your recitation, which should serve as a first draft/outline.

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