Many scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in response to his only son’s,
Hamnet’s, death, and therefore death is a prominent theme in the play. Students will
use this worksheet to explore the themes of uncertainty about death, the impermanence
of life, and the process of grief by closely examining several quotes from the play and
then responding to guiding prompts. Pass out this worksheet after students have finished
reading the entire play. This worksheet can be completed individually, in pairs, or in groups.