Some Suggested Discussion Questions for Saving Hamlet
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- How does Emma’s haircut change her view of herself? What does this have to do with gender expression?
- Could someone else have opened the time portal, or is there something specific about Emma that lets her travel first?
- What are the problems with the Elizabethan production of Hamlet, and what are the problems for the modern production? Are there similarities in their struggles?
- Why does Lulu stop talking to Emma?
- Have you ever been in the middle of a friendship fight, as Stanley is between Emma and Lulu? How does it feel?
- Emma has a lot of anxious feelings. What kinds of coping techniques does she do to try to feel calm again?
- Compare/contrast the directorial styles of Brandon and Shakespeare.
- What examples of sexism do you see in the Elizabethan world? What examples of sexism do you see in Emma’s modern world?
- What similarities do you see between the characters of Hamlet, and the characters of Saving Hamlet?
- Do you agree with Lulu’s final opinion of Ophelia: that she is not a sexist character, but an example of sexism? Why/why not?
- Why do you think Josh auditioned for the play?
- How does Emma’s leadership change by the end of the book?
- Emma has three different crushes. What sets apart her feelings for Josh from her other crushes?
- At the end of the book, Emma wonders what theatre (and Shakespeare) has to do with all of her and her friends lives and problems. What do you think?