Objective: The purpose of poetic language, in this play and in others that utilize it as a narrative technique, is to express emotions in a more vivid and evocative way and thereby awaken deeper responses and broader understanding in the audience than would be aroused by more prosaic writing. This lesson will discuss this poetic language.
1) Class Discussion: Describe the language of this play.
Small Group Activity: What is the purpose of this poetic language?
Class Discussion: Share the groups' thoughts about the purpose of this poetic language. How does this poetic language affect the reader differently than more prosaic writing?
Homework: Give an example of prosaic writing from the text, and explain in a short essay how this example is effective in engaging the reader or audience.
Objective: In Act 1, Scene 1, a hint about the circumstances of the story's beginnings can be found through the...
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