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Shakespeare’s England (Between 1500s and 1600s): Entertainment

English 9_Due May 31_CK119906

Christine Kauffman

on 3 June 2013

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This website is about Shakespeare’s time and what occurred in England. Resource #4 http://www.referatele.com/referate/engleza/online11/ELIZABETHAN-AGE---Education-Culture--and--Entertainment-Crime--and--Punishment-Crime--and--Punishmen.php

This website is about the “ELIZABETHAN AGE - Education, Culture and Entertainment, Crime and Punishment, Crime and Punishment”. Resource #1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabethan_era#High_culture

This website is about the “Elizabethan era”. This website describes the culture and festivals/holidays that occurred in Shakespeare’s England. Resource #5 http://web.archive.org/web/20120919181328/http://shakespeare-online.com/theatre/globe.html

This website is about “Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre”. It explains what it is, when it was made, and what it was used for. Resource #3 http://www.noblesandcourtiers.org/elizabethan-entertainment.htm

This website is about the types of ways how people entertained themselves. Resource #2 http://entertainmentguide.local.com/elizabethan-period-festivals-holidays-9795.html For more info, Read this: “Elizabethan Period Festivals & Holidays” http://www.noblesandcourtiers.org/elizabethan-entertainment.htm For more Info, Read this:
“Elizabethan Entertainment” English 9_Due May 31_CK119906 Shakespeare’s England (Between 1500s and 1600s): Entertainment http://www.referatele.com/referate/engleza/online11/ELIZABETHAN-AGE---Education-Culture--and--Entertainment-Crime--and--Punishment-Crime--and--Punishmen.php




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabethan_era#High_culture Resources Finally, another holiday/festival that is celebrated in Shakespeare’s England is called “Shrove Tuesday” or also known as “Mardi Gras.” Shrove Tuesday is a holiday that is associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations for Lent. The term, “Shrove Tuesday” commonly means “Pancake Tuesday.”

In England, there are pancake races held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The goal of this race is to have a frying pan to toss pancakes in the air and catch them while running. 3rd Example for 3rd Reason Finally, entertainment in Shakespeare’s England also had festivals, holidays, and celebrations. People looked forward to holidays because opportunities for leisure were limited, with time away from hard work being restricted to periods after church on Sundays.

For the most part, leisure and festivities took place on a public church holy day. 3rd Reason Another famous play that was written by William Shakespeare is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream portrays the actions surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta.

The play includes adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a set of six recreational actors, who are prohibited and manipulated by fairies who occupy the forest in which most of the play is set. This play is categorized as a comedy and is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and is performed around the world. 3rd Example for 2nd reason http://www.gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/Archives/Brewster/shake.html For more info, Read this: “Games and Sports in Shakespeare” The entertainment in England was viscous that were enjoyed by groups in Elizabethan society. Bullbaiting and bearbaiting, which was a when animals were fought and eventually killed by dogs, were popular and so, too, was cockfighting. 1st Example for 1st Reason London, England was full of entertainment, until William Shakespeare came in and made it even more interesting for viewers. Thesis Statement Shakespeare’s England was full of some strange, and some interesting ways for people to entertain themselves. People have found many ways to do something they like or to do for fun. Shakespeare’s plays have influenced many people by his work and was inspired by other people today.
Some of these things that were mentioned are still useful today such as backgammon, cards, sports, plays, and a lot more. There are so many things that can entertain us, and we all have our differences for the entertainment we enjoy today, as of the people in Shakespeare’s England have as well. Closure Another example of a holiday/festival that was celebrated in England is “All Hallows’ Eve” or “Halloween.” All Hollows’ Eve, or Halloween, is a holiday when people believed souls of the dead come into our world. They would carve faces on vegetables and place them outside their homes to scare the spirits away.

Here's a website that tells more about the history of Halloween. http://www.timeforkids.com/photos-video/slideshow/halloween-history/17296 2nd Example for 3rd Reason May Blossom,
the flower of the May tree One example of one of the festivals/holidays is called “May Day.” May Day is an ancient spring festival to celebrate the first day of summer. It occurs on May 1st. In England, it has been a traditional day of celebrations throughout the centuries.

On May Day, there were so many things that occurred on that day. There was dancing, the maypole (traditional dancers circle around with ribbons), a barbecue breakfast, folk music, and much more. May Day is also celebrated in different countries such as Finland, Germany, France, Ireland, Romania, Sweden, United States, Hawaii, and Australia. 1st Example for 3rd Reason One of Shakespeare’s famous plays is “Romeo and Juliet”. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy (not a romance) about two young teens that fall in love with each other, and do anything they can to be with each other. However, their parents, the Montagues and Capulets, are enemies toward each other. Therefore it’s hard for Romeo and Juliet to be together.

This play includes a dramatic structure and some violent scenes. For example, in one of the scenes of this play, Romeo believes Juliet is dead, (even though Juliet is actually sleeping to fool her parents from marrying Count Paris) he poisoned himself and dies next to her tomb. When Juliet woke up, finding Romeo next to her tomb, she believed he was dead and killed herself by using his dagger to stab herself. 1st Example for 2nd Reason Entertainment in England also had exciting entertainment in theatres too. One of the most famous theatres in England was “The Globe Theatre.”

In the Globe Theatre, the famous person, William Shakespeare, wrote many plays for the queen and audiences loved his stories about all the stories being told, and even the events that were told. 2nd Reason There were also games and sports during this time and they have not merely been laid aside, nevertheless, in the course of years, they have turn out to be entirely forgotten.
Some examples of these games and sports were archery, backgammon, cards, dice, fencing, etc. 3rd example for 1st Reason Another example of entertainment during that time were taverns, playhouses, and bowling alleys were all places in which townspeople could entertain themselves.

Taverns were usually hangouts where professionals get together, drink, and have a good time. Playhouses were small, confidential, enclosed halls that were open to anyone who could pay, yet more expensive with more audiences. These places were popular during this time and people seemed to enjoy themselves. 2nd Example for 1st Reason The first reason is that the entertainment in Shakespeare’s England was cruel and aggressive.

It may have been entertaining to Queen Elizabeth 1 and maybe some people, but it was awful in that time. 1st Reason Black Butler
version of “Hamlet” Another example of Shakespeare’s plays is “Hamlet.” Hamlet is also a tragedy that tells a story about a young lad named Prince Hamlet who gets revenge on his uncle, Claudius, for murdering his father. The play vividly portrays both true and affected insanity – from devastating grief to seething rage – and explores themes of duplicity, revenge, incest, and moral fraud.

Hamlet is the longest play and among the most prevailing and influential tragedies in English literature that William Shakespeare has ever made. A lot of people, even today, have heard the famous quote from Hamlet which is “To be, or not to be.” This quote is known for when Hamlet decides to get revenge on his uncle and risk his life. 2nd Example for 2nd reason Shakespeare
for Kids Here are a few games that are about or from some of Shakespeare’s plays.

The PLAYHOUSE Shakespeare: http://www.modernlibrary.com/shakespeare/shakespeare-games/

Shakespeare for Kids (This is actually a website with games/activities that are related to William Shakespeare): http://www.folger.edu/education/sfk_kids/

Romeo Wherefore art thou?: http://www.primarygames.com/arcade/adventure/romeo/ Games that relate to Shakespeare’s Plays:
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