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What we learned from Recursive Discussions

The semester is over for my ENG 4U class, and now I have time for reflection. Tania Meldrum and I decided to offer an English PD Day Workshop Friday, February 15th about our experience with Grade 12 Blogging and Talking … Continue reading

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Discussion: Themes in Hamlet

Hamlet is a play about what it is to live and to die. Hamlet, the character, explores notions of the moral life while recognizing the complications of mortality. I think Shakespeare must have been worried about death. Hamlet certainly worries about … Continue reading

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Discussion: Isolation

Amy’s comments during our discussion today prompted me to write about the role of isolation in developing some of Shakespeare’s themes in the play, Hamlet. I thought about the types of isolation in the play and came up with the … Continue reading

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Discussion: Deception

I was listening to this radio program on the weekend about lying. There is an interesting documentary made by CBC called “The Truth about Liars” and it reveals some nasty truths about our deceptive ways. Many of Shakespeare’s plays explore … Continue reading

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Discussion: The Problems of Revenge

This week I’d like to encourage discussion about the themes in Hamlet, and each post will address a different theme or approach to themes in the play. This morning, while trying to coax my dog into doing my marking,  I … Continue reading

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Thinking and Rethinking

I was listening to the radio on the weekend, and there was this interesting piece on Spark. I can’t recall if it was the CBC program or some news story, but my interest was sparked when I heard this story … Continue reading

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Texts: Patterns of Representation and Reproduction

Look for the patterns in everything. Every text, even this one that you are reading right now, is a media text. Texts exist as the middle ground between the author and the audience. They are the means through which thoughts, … Continue reading

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Why Read Old Books?

Students often ask why we continue to read Shakespeare when there are so many good books written in this century. I certainly agree that there are many great contemporary novels, but the classics offer something different. In this Big Think … Continue reading

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Digging up the Present

The echoes of Hamlet in the present continue as I watch the news. It mediates between our experience of the real, and our thoughts about the real. How are we to act in the face of tragedy? Acting quickly can … Continue reading

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Pirates in Hamlet?

In Act 4 scene 6, Horatio reads a letter from Hamlet telling him that on his way to England, the ship was attacked by pirates. Hamlet managed to escape sending Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their imminent death in England. Pirates … Continue reading

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