Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hamlet Video critique for Act 3, Scene 1

Please follow all directions. Ask a question about anything that you do not understand in the comment stream by Friday and I will respond. After Friday, you are on your own (collectively.)

You have until Monday, March 14th, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m. to complete this assignment. Late assignments will lose a letter grade a day. You should make a comment on this post with a link to your essay on your online portfolio. Feel free to embed video on your website.

It is worth 100 points in 'Quizzes and Open Response' and will be graded with the Literary Analysis Scoring Guide.

You can either write about Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, or the "Get thee to a nunnery" exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia. You have four versions of each section from which to choose in the Act 3 google doc, but you can certainly write about a different version that I did not provide.

Objective: Watch the versions from either Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, or the "Get thee to a nunnery" exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia in Act 3, Scene 1 and argue which of the three videos is the best video interpretation of the text.

Your critique of the video must be based on your knowledge and understanding of the passage, so you must provide textual evidence from Hamlet as well as provide descriptions of the video. I can't watch the video and read your essay at the same time, so you need to make me see what you see with your words. It will also help you to take notes on the video while you watch it. Pay attention to what you captures your attention. Notice what you notice!

Pay attention to:
  • delivery of the lines
  • imagery the setting / scenery
  • the portrayal of the actor[s]
  • lighting & camera effects
  • sound effects or music
  • a million other things . . .

You should use the same structure as a poem explication with the addition of your critique of the video. Paper must be MLA formatted, including how to cite line numbers from a play: (pages 198-199 of easyWriter)!

Finally, you only have space in this essay to write about one video--please do not waste any words writing about why the other videos are not as good.

Here's a sample from last year with my comments on how it could have been improved.