Ch 6: Drama Characteristics: Hamlet & The Glass Menagerie

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Fun and engaging lessons provide students with quality insights into the dramatic characteristics of ''The Glass Menagerie'' and ''Hamlet.'' Topics covered include nonverbal communication in dramas, the play-within-a-play, character dialogue and more.

Drama Characteristics: Hamlet & The Glass Menagerie - Chapter Summary

Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare are commonly listed among the greatest writers in American and English literature. This chapter takes a look at The Glass Menagerie by Williams and Hamlet by Shakespeare to closely examine the characteristics of these dramatic works. Lessons explore character dialogue, setting, time period, plot, genre and much more. The quiz with each lesson assesses comprehension of these concepts. Once finished, students will be ready to do the following:

  • Analyze a dramatic work using a four-step process
  • Determine the purpose and main idea of a dramatic scene
  • Explain how verbal and non-verbal communication are used in drama
  • Describe the characters in Hamlet
  • Discuss how Hamlet bends and breaks the rules of tragedy in literature
  • Provide reasons for why both time and setting are important in Hamlet
  • Identify and describe three major themes in Hamlet
  • Share the significance of Hamlet's use of a play-within-a-play
  • Detail how directors and actors have interpreted Hamlet in film
  • Discuss major symbols and style elements in The Glass Menagerie

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Drama Characteristics: Hamlet & The Glass Menagerie
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

1. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

2. Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

Essays usually have a stated main idea, but it's not as obvious in a play. In this lesson, you'll learn a technique that will help you determine the main idea and purpose of a dramatic scene.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

3. Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

Characters in plays have two ways of communicating with the audience and each other. They can use verbal or nonverbal forms of communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about how both are used in drama.

Shakespeare's Hamlet: Character Analysis & Description

4. Shakespeare's Hamlet: Character Analysis & Description

Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It is a story about revenge and the growing pains of life. Learn more about the story of Hamlet and explore an analysis of his character before testing your knowledge with a quiz.

Is Hamlet a Tragedy? - Plot & Genre

5. Is Hamlet a Tragedy? - Plot & Genre

''Hamlet'' is one of the most famous tragedies in literature, but one where Shakespeare bends or outright breaks many of the rules of the genre. This lesson will examine ''Hamlet'' as a tragedy and how it follows, and does not follow, the rules.

Setting & Time Period of Hamlet

6. Setting & Time Period of Hamlet

In his iconic 1603 play, ''Hamlet'', William Shakespeare creates one of the most memorable title characters in English literature. Hamlet is very much a man of his time and place, driven and damaged by the emergence of our modern world.

Hamlet Themes & Analysis

7. Hamlet Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn about the significance of three of the major themes of Shakespeare's tragedy ''Hamlet'': misogyny, incest, and madness.

Significance of the Play-Within-A-Play in Hamlet

8. Significance of the Play-Within-A-Play in Hamlet

In this lesson, you will learn how the character Hamlet designed and executed a plan of revenge with his play, ''The Mousetrap,'' and discover the significance of Shakespeare's use of a play-within-a-play.

Hamlet Film Adaptations

9. Hamlet Film Adaptations

This lesson discusses several notable film adaptations of Hamlet, looking at how directors and actors have used the art form of film to interpret William Shakespeare's masterpiece.

The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

10. The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

Tennessee Williams' first big hit, 'The Glass Menagerie,' known as the memory play, fascinated audiences for its presentation of one man's vision of his past. This lesson will go into the basic plot of this story, as well as explore the major symbols and elements of style in the play.

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