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Transcript of Othello
William's Marriage And His Children ~
William Shakespeare was a famous poet, play writer and actor who was the greatest writer in the English language. Some of his well known plays are Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Macbeth and many more. Shakespeare was different from other play writers since he wrote his plays in his own language, Shakespearean. Even though Shakespearean is hard to understand since it's not a common language, it is still enjoyed by thousands of people. All over the world, Shakespeare plays are performed and Shakespeare festivals are held. In school and university, students would study Shakespeare.
Lord Chamberlain's Men and The Threatre Shuts Down
Before William became a play writer and poet, he was part of Lord Chamberlain's Men, an acting company. He wrote plays for Lord Chamberlain's Men and also worked as an actor. His plays became very popular in London, making the Lord Chamberlain's Men one of the most popular acting companies in the city. Some of Shakespeare's plays include Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew. Those plays were put on a threatre called the "Theatre". Although Lord Chamberlain's Men owned the Theatre, the land was owned by Giles Allen. Giles had decided to tear the Theatre down in 1597. He locked the Theatre and refused to let the actors perform. They attempted renegotiating the lease on the land, but Giles refused again. One night, a few members of the company and moved the timber to the Globe Theatre.
The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre could fit up to three thousand spectators and had an unique designed stage with a painted ceiling, columns and a stage wall. The Globe Theatre had professional musicians who made special effects noises during the plays. Some of Shakespeare's greatest plays that include Hamnet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, were written in the last half of his career. His success in theatre, as well as the Globe and his investments in land, made William a rich man. He purchased a large house in Stratford for his family and was called "New Place. On the 29th of June, 1613, fire broke out at the Globe Theatre by a cannon being fired and the thatched roof caught on fire. Since the building was made out of wood, fire would of have spreaded quickly. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.
William Shakespeare also became famous for his poetry. Venus and Adonis was his most famous poem of the time. William also wrote a type of poems called sonnets. In 1609 a book of 154 of William's sonnets was published.
Othello Play Summary ~
By Melissa, Vanessa and Norman
Early Life ~
At the age of eighteen, William married Anne Hathaway who was 26 years old. They had their first daughter, Susanna on the 26th of May, 1583. They had twins named Hamnet and Judith, but two years later Hamnet, at the age of eleven, died from a Bubonic plague that is known as the Black Death. All of his children were baptised and the twins were named after two close friends of William and Anne.
The Lost Years and London
The years after William and Anne had twins and historians is often referred as "the seven lost years" as there are only a several records of William's life during this period, which was between 1585 and 1592. There were lots of theories and stories about what he was doing the "lost years". One of the stories was that William ran away from home after poaching deer but this is probably just a rumour. Around the time he reappears again, William is mentioned in a London pamphlet, he made his way to London by himself and is already working in the theatre.
"To be or not to be, that is the question"
Born on April 23, 1564
Baptised a few days after the 23rd of April
Married Anne Hathaway
Became a father when they gave birth Susanna Shakespeare
Hamnet and Judith were born
Started his work in theatre
The House That William bought For His Family.
On his fifty-second birthday, William retired to his home in Stratford and died. The cause of Shakespeare's death is unknown but there's an entry in the diary of John Ward where it says that "Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted."
John Ward's Diary
His first work, 'Venus and Adonis' was registered
Fire destroys Globe Theatre (Due to a cannon being fired)
Second Globe Theatre is built
Died on the 23rd of April, 1616
Timeline of William Shakespeare's Life
These are some of the main reasons why people question about his works-
Doubts began to be expressed about the authorship of his works about 230 years after his death.
-Theories say that Shakespeare might of have kept the identity of the real author or authors. They might of not wanted to accept public credit, for several reasons like death.
-There are no student records of Shakespeare and there are no school attendance record of his remains. Also without proper schooling, he couldn'thave the extensive vocabulary and knowledge found in the poems and plays.
-William lacked the education, upper-class sensibility and familiarityof the royal court that that they say is apparent in the works.
In this tragedy, the setting is in Venice and the late sixteenth century, when there were wars between Venice and Turkey. There are eleven characters in this play, Othello, Desdemona, Lodovico, Gratiano, Iago, Michael Cassio, Roderigo, Montano, Brabanzio, Bianca and Emilia, making Othello the main character. It is about a black man, who is a highly respected general called Othello, and Desdomona, a white woman trying to build a life together, despite their differences. Othello promotes the Michael Cassio to a position of a special lieutenant which makes Iago jealous causing him to begin a malignant campaign against him. Othello runs off with Desdemona to get secretly married. Iago wants to make Cassio lose his position and Iago convinces Roderigo, a foolish suitor who is in love with Desdemona, that Cassio and Desdemona are seeing each other in order to convince him to help him kill Cassio. Iago decides that he would use Cassio to make Othello jealous and persuades Roderigo to fight with Cassio to get him in trouble. Iago makes Cassio get fired by making him get drunk and telling Othello about it.
To make Othello jealous, he tells Cassio to go meet Desdemona to talk and tells Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him, but Othello doesn't believe Iago and wants proof. Iago promises to give him evidence and swears that he will help Othello revenge himself on Desdemona. Iago comes in with Cassio, noticing that Desdemona is upset at Othello's weird behaviour. Iago has a conversation with Cassio and are talking about Bianca, who is in love with Cassio but Othello overheard their conversation and thinks that they were talking about Desdemona. Iago advises Roderigo that he shoud kill Cassio and as Roderigo attempts to kill Cassio, Iago stabs Cassio from behind. When lots of Othello's soldiers appear, Iago stabs Roderigo, as id he was trying to help Cassio. He tries to put all the blame on Bianca, Cassio's lover but in the end, Othello strangles Desdemona. Emilia, Iago's wife, realises what Iago what he had done but Iago tells her to be quiet about it and Emilia tries to tell Othello. Othello tries to stab him, but Iago instead stabs Emilia and runs out. As Emelia was dying, she tells him Iago's plan before she dies. Othello kills himself and realises that his suspicions of her were not true and the plot, Iago planned. Iago is captured but he refuses to tell why he did those horrible things.
~Moral Of Othello~
We think the moral of this play, it inform us that jealousy is an evil thing and don't ever judge a book by its cover. Since Othello trusts and relies on Iago, Iago was able to decieve him into believing that his wife was having an affair and was cheating on him. The bad thing was that Othello didn't trust his wife and he didn't look into the situation carefully. If he really loved her, he would of trusted his wife.
Little is known about William Shakespeare's childhood. He was born in the English city of Stratford-upon- Avon, about 160km northwest of London on the 23rd of April, 1564 and he was baptised a several days after he was born at Holy Trinity Church. His father, John Shakespeare was a successful leather merchant and a wool merchant who had six children, William being the third of the six children. He had two older sisters: Joan and Judith and three younger brothers: Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. Mary Arden, William's mother was the daughter of a landowner. It is most likely that he attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratfield, where he learnt about poetry, history, Greek and Latin.
William Shakespeare as a teenager
Potrait of Judith Quiney and Susannan Hall
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-How did Emelia know what her husband Iago did?-
Emelia was Iago's wife and Othello's maid. As everybody sometimes do , Desdemona left her hankerchief on the floor and as Emelia picked it up but Iago takes it out of her hand saying to himself " This would be perfect" and runs off. Othello later finds the same handkerchief in Cassio's bedroom. Later in the play Emelia realised this and tries to tell Othello but instead she gets killed by her husband Iago for spilling the beans. Iago was correct that Cassio liked Desdemona but they don't do anything*.
* You all know what I mean...
Here is an exmple of a sonnet
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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Writing Styles : Shakespearean
If you have ever read Shakespeare's plays, you would notice that he writes his plays in an unusual language and that it's quite hard to understand. This language is called Shakespearean and was obviously created by William Shakespeare himself. Most people believed that Shakespeare invented this unusual language for his father. Because of this, you would often see a sonnet made by Shakespeare or even a scene of a play in an exam . Since Shakespearean is such a mouthful to say, people often refer it as Old English.
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