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Shakespeare's Tragedies: The Fates of Men and Nations

In this 9 week course, students will discover Shakespeare's greatest characters- Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and others through games, dramatic readings, and interactive projects!
Paul H. The Shakespearean Student
41 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn the plots, characters, major speeches, themes, and motifs in Shakespeare's tragedies such as "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Othello," and "King Lear." Students will also learn and discuss the following literary terms:
- Archetype
- Theme 
-Tragic Flaw

Homework will be determined by what the student's final project is. If they choose to deliver a speech, they must memorize and annotate it. All final projects will have a handout to determine what they learned.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I will visually represent the concept of archetypes, fate, and tragic flaw by using a presentation that resembles tarot readings. Im using tarot as a shorthand to explore Shakespearean archetypes and demonstrate how, through fortune, chance, and their own flaws, these characters change and struggle with a new identity, a new archetype by the end of the play, right before their deaths. AT NO POINT WILL I ENGAGE IN ACTUAL FORTUNE TELLING, and this course is not intended to be a Tarot reading. I mention this to make it clear that I am not attempting to do any kind of "magic" or to impede on anyone's spiritual beliefs.
We will refer to the text of Shakespeare's tragedies, (except, "Romeo and Juliet" which I discuss in another class).
These include: "Titus Andronicus", "Julius Caesar", "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear", "Macbeth", "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Coriolanus."


Paul H. The Shakespearean Student
Lives in the United States
Teacher, lecturer, actor, astronomer, and technology specialist
41 total reviews
73 completed classes

About Me

I specialize in Shakespeare and Astronomy, having worked in theater for over 10 years, and for two years as a professional astronomy assistant. I teach courses in Shakespeare Appreciation and Shakespearean acting, as well as basic astronomy for... 
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