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Shakespeare Evolution

Change IS Imperative To Survival
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Martin Douglas

on 13 July 2015

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Transcript of Shakespeare Evolution

What does the term
'evolution'
mean?

Evolution is a process that results in heritable changes in a population spread over many generations. Essentially, the theory of evolution boils down to the idea that only the strongest, fittest and best suited to their environment can survive.
So, how does this relate to Shakespeare?
Shakespeare was writing his plays more than 400 years ago yet they are studied in classrooms and performed on stages throughout the modern world.
BUT
WHY?!?
Shakespeare had a knack for writing plays with
'universal themes'.
This means that his plays dealt with issues that were widely understood by not only his audience, but audiences throughout history.
The Evolution Of Shakespeare
Change is Imperative to Survival
ROMEO
JULIET
AND
Romeo and Juliet is quite probably Shakespeare's most widely recognised play. The play is often confused for a romance though it is actually one of Shakespeare's most emotionally effective tragedies.
The play tells the story of two 'star-crossed lovers' whose path is mapped for them from the beginning due to family expectation and traditional conflict. It is this simple storyline that has allowed the play to evolve from it's original form as an Italian poem, into a range of texts that we can access today.
Lets track this evolution together...
1562
1562
The title page from,
a narrative poem written by Arthur Brooke in 1562
THE TRAGICALL
HISTORYE OF ROMEUS AND JULIET
,
1597
1597
The title page of,
the original play script by William Shakespeare.
EXCELLENT CONCEITED
TRAGEDIE OF ROMEO AND JULIET
,
1936
1936
The cover of a program from of Prokofiev's
first performed in 1936
ROMEO AND JULIET
,
1961
1961
The cover of a program from
written by Arthur Laurents and first performed in 1961.
WEST SIDE STORY
,
1968
1968
The cover of the film,
directed by Franco Zefferelli in 1968
ROMEO AND JULIET
,
1981
1981
The film clip for
written and recorded for MTV by Dire Straights in 1981.
ROMEO AND JULIET
,
1996
1996
The film poster for
directed by Baz Luhrmann ad released in 1996.
,
SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET
2011
2011
The film poster for
directed by Kelly Asbury and released in 2011.
GNOMEO AND JULIET
,
WILLIAM
What's The Point?
Learning Goals:
Understand and engage with Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Develop skills in textual analysis through close study of the play.
Comment on, and critique, the manner in which this play has been evolved for new audiences.
By the end of this unit, you will have developed the necessary skills to construct a critical essay comparing Shakespeare's original play with Baz Luhrmann's 1996 adaptation so...
PAY
ATTENTION!
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