Teacher Guide

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to analyze and discuss the play's relationship to Hamlet and the various editorial liberties it takes to offer a new explanation of the source material.

  2. 2

    Students will gain an understanding of the Theatre of the Absurd.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to analyze a play as a work intended for performance, and understand the narrative differences between the impact a play has on the audience and the impact a novel has on the reader.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to discuss the themes of death and free will, and other related concepts, in...

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