This clip explores how Shakespeare characterises heroes within his plays. Shakespeare’s heroes come in many different shapes and they don’t all live happily ever after. Some die tragically for romance like Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet', or kill tragically like the anti-hero Lord Macbeth in 'Macbeth'. Even the more traditional royal heroes like Henry V, a magnificent leader of men, end up making a lot of mistakes early on.
This could be used to look in more detail at the role of heroes in Shakespeare's plays. Students could take one of his plays and find examples of when characters have made heroic decisions. Students could explore the different kinds of heroes in Shakespeare's plays. Students could look at heroes in history, Greek gods, war heroes, modern day heroes. What does it take to be a hero in the present day?
This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 3rd Level and National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.