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Renaissance Humanism in Hamlet and The Birth of Venus

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Renaissance Humanism in Hamlet and The Birth of Venus

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Junius Wright

Junius Wright

Charleston, South Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Text for The Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare (available online, though a printed copy is recommended)

  • A Definition of Humanism, such as that from The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory by J. A. Cuddon (Penguin, 2000), or the Lecture on Renaissance Humanism posted on The History Guide: Lectures on Modern European Intellectual History Website.

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