- How common do you believe the act of revenge is in everyday life? What acts of revenge (small or large) have you observed?
- Would you characterize yourself as more of a “thinker” or a “doer”? Do you think your approach is successful? Would you rather be more thoughtful or more decisive?
- To what extent do parents have the right to “spy” or check up on their children as they grow up? Give specific examples/boundaries if you can.
- How are relationships between step-children and step-parents often depicted in stories and film? What complicates these relationships?
- If you could hear a message from someone who has passed away, what would you most like to hear, or who would you like to hear from?
- Are parents generally blind to their children’s faults, or over-critical of their children?
- Have you ever been the victim of unrequited love? How did you handle (or how do you wish you had handled) that rejection?
- Have you ever been the recipient of unwanted attention? How did you handle (or how to you wish you had handled) rejecting someone else?
- What are you most looking forward to in reading this play? What questions do you have as we start?
HW: Bring textbooks to class tomorrow. Pre-read Hamlet, Act I scene i and scene ii, tonight. Read to find out what questions are circulating at the start of the play, what King Claudius asks of Hamlet, and what Horatio and the guards have seen. Consider watching the beginning on YouTube or finding an audiobook to hear it as you read. Watching/listening first then reading really helps!