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King of Shadows

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper is a tale about a young boy's journey to overcome his devastating past in exchange for a hopeful future. Nat is an orphan who escapes into the world of the theatre to avoid his sadness. Nat is magically transported back to
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King of Shadows by Susan Cooper is a tale about a young boy's journey to overcome his devastating past in exchange for a hopeful future. Nat is an orphan who escapes into the world of the theater to avoid his sadness. Nat is magically transported back to Elizabethan England, where he becomes apprenticed to William Shakespeare, who helps Nat learn to face his emotions King of Shadows Nat Fields is a member of the Company of Boys, a theater group, that has been selected to go to London to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe Theater. Acting has been a refuge for him since the deaths of his parents. After arriving in London, Nat contracts a fever and becomes delirious. Nat's host family rushes him to the hospital where he is put in isolation with a case of bubonic plague. Plot Summary Characters King of Shadows has many amazing characters but the 3 of those wonderful characters are ................. Nat Field Nathan Field: The main character of the story, Nat Field is a boy who is missing a father figure in his life. He also has no mother so he lives with his Aunt Jen. Aunt Jen was the one who inspired him to start acting when his dad died. He is passionate in acting, and gets recruited to an acting troupe recreating Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. When he goes back in time, he experiences the play as it just comes out. He struggles with the shadows of his past and finds a warm father figure in Shakespeare. He is devastated when, just as he got used to Elizabethan times, everything is snatched from him again. A famous poet and playwright of the 16th century, his character serves as a father figure to Nat, helping him overcome his depression and loss. He is described as calm, warm, and rich in character. He dislikes "thribbling", where actors make up impromptu lines. Nat has time traveled to save him from catching the bubonic plague from Nathan Field, as most of his greatest work was written after this time. Shakespeare plays Oberon, the king of fairies, alongside Puck. William Shakespeare Roper is a mischievous boy whom Nat meets during his 'visit' to the Elizabethan times, Roper hates Nat at first. His dislike is caused by simple envy, as the Nathan Field from that time was a privileged, "soft" actor from a prestigious, rich school while Roper (and the rest of the boy actors) had been thrown into the real world at the age of ten, apprenticed to actors and learning by experiencing. Roper is an excellent tumbler and fencer and cannot stand having someone better than him. On his first day, Nat confidently showcases tumbling that surpasses Roper's, so Roper takes vengeance by attacking him ferociously in fencing, of which Nat has little experience. Roper nastily tries to get Nat into trouble during the plays, and laughs at him when he is horrified at a bear pit. Later, when Nat applies the Heimlich Manoeuvre to save Roper from choking, then saves the play by substituting in for the sick boy. Roper repents from hating Nat for his talent and becomes slightly more tolerable. Roper Throughout this story there are many themes but one particularly is grief. Grief is a central theme to this book, as seen through the main character, Nat. Nat is an orphan who is being raised by his aunt. Nat's mother died of cancer, and shortly after, his father commits suicide out of grief. Nat finds his father's body lying in a pool of blood, and has the image permanently ingrained in his memory. Left parentless, he moves in with his aunt. Nat and his aunt do not discuss the death of his parents, denying Nat the ability to grieve and move forward. At the recommendation of his aunt, Nat begins to act in community plays as a distraction from his sadness. Nat quickly takes to acting, and excels in the theatre. With acting as a distraction, Nat further distances himself from the grieving process. Themes Favourite Section WHAT'S NAT DOING IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIME?Only in the world of the theater can Nat Field find an escape from the tragedies that have shadowed his young life. So he is thrilled when he is chosen to join an American drama troupe traveling to London to perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in a new replica of the famous Globe theater Review Thank you for watching Personally I think that the best part in this book is when the Queen comes to watch a play by William Shakespeare . The reason for this is that the level of tension and stress is very high and it makes you want to read faster to find out what happens and what the queen has to say about it.
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