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        Loss in Shakespeare

        Using this media collection, students explore the theme of loss within Shakespeare's plays, particularly focusing on Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and Richard II. Whether it is loss of a loved one, loss of power, or loss of identity, students examine how Shakespeare’s characters cope with loss. Students also question whether or not Shakespeare’s own life (and loss) influenced his writing.

        The Loss of a Son | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This video segment from Shakespeare Uncovered discusses the untimely death of William Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, and how it may have affected his writing.

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        The Resurrection | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This video segment discusses the resolution of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Sebastian is discovered to be alive and is reunited with his twin sister, Viola. Scholars have argued that Shakespeare was perhaps rewriting his own personal history and fulfilling his deepest wish: he could not bring his dead son, Hamnet, back to life, so he resurrected Sebastian instead.

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        Grief-Stricken Hamlet | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This video focuses on Hamlet’s grief following his father's death, and how his mother's hasty marriage to his uncle further pains him. It also provides biographical information about William Shakespeare's life and discusses how his life may have influenced his plays.

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        The Deposition Scene

        This video provides an analysis of what Richard II is thinking as he renounces his crown and gives power to the victorious Henry Bolingbroke. It highlights the “deposition scene” from Richard II, exploring its tone and words, and features a script reading and rehearsal of the scene.

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        Now Doth Time Waste Me

        Richard II reflects upon his life while imprisoned in Pontefract Castle. The video provides an analysis of Richard II’s speech in his prison cell and addresses his identity crisis and his ultimate realization after having renounced the crown – he is not a king, but merely a man.

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