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Introduction to Shakespeare

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Joel Leader

on 1 December 2010

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Introduction to Shakespeare Renaissance Man William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language. Worldwide, Shakespeare's works are reproduced more than any other work in history, except the Bible. The Renaissance ""Re-birth" of science, trade, philosophy, and the arts in Europe. All Hail the Queen Comes to power during a time of religious unrest following the Protestant Reformation. Elizabeth I Strongest female monarch in English history. Supporter of the arts. Writers & artists needed patrons, or financial sponsors. A Writer for All Time London was the center of English life. Play productions drew crowds from every social class in London. Challenge: appeal to the educated higher class & uneducated lower class. Poetic speeches exciting action sequences fast-paced crude humor observations about human behavior The Globe The Cowboys Stadium of the time No lighting, sound effects, or CGI. Relied on audience's imagination. Dialogue or character's actions let the audience know what was happening. Costumes All roles were played by men. Word Master Shakespeare invented more words & phrases than any other English writer. assassination bump lonely dead as a doornail laughingstock for goodness' sake The Bard of Avon Despite being one of the most famous writers in history, surprisingly little is know about Shakespeare's personal life. Born in a small village north of London--Stratford-Upon-Avon. Born in April 1564...exact date is unknown. Because so little is known about the man himself, some believe that he... a) is not responsible for the works that he is credited with. b) is a pen name for someone else. c) never existed. The Shakespeare Authorship Question Making His Way At age 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. Left a comfortable life in Stratford (along with his wife and 3 kids) for London's theater world. Fame & Fortune By the time Romeo & Juliet was first performed, Shakespeare was one of the most famous men in Europe. He took advantage of his fame & other works, such as poems & sonnets. The End Shakespeare retired to Stratford in the 1613. His last works were The Temest, The Winter's Tale, & Henry VIII. He died on April 23, 1616 and is buried in Stratford, England The End (for real this time) Not that one... This one...
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