CLARK — Most of Hamlet’s major soliloquies are actually internal debates. Similar to many teenagers, Hamlet has a lot of struggles with his own emotions. Ms. Hamilton’s students at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark turned Hamlet’s famous soliloquy into a debate, which they performed as a reading for the whole class. Two students with contrasting voices were asked to read the speech aloud to give voice to both sides of Hamlet’s inner debate. After this, the students dissected the entire soliloquy to discover what Hamlet’s internal struggle really was about. The students worked on converting the Shakespearean English into modern English and then they reread their converted parts. After the lesson, the students were able to understand Hamlet’s struggles with his own choices and feelings. Pictured above are Andrew Bove and Nicole Stevanovic as they read opposing sides of the “To be or not to be” speech in the style of a debate. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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