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Hojae Byun

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Transcript of Shakespere

William Shakespere
He was borned in 26 April 1564 and died in 23 April 1616.
He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.
Famous plays by Shakespere are Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice and Richard III.
Shakespere's other plays
Shakespere's plays have sad endings like Romeo and Juliet.
Especially Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth are called Four Great Tragedies by Shakespere.

Hamlet - by Shakespere
It is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601.
The play takes place in Denmark ans shows the Prince Hamlet's revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then acceded to the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother.
Similarities with Romeo and Juliet : tragidies, family conflict, morality themes, suicides.
Differences : Romeo and Juliet has more of a love story. Hamlet is considered a dialogue with death while Romeo and Juliet is acccidental or fated death. Othello - Shakespere
Othello is recorded as most successful play by Shakespere.
It has varied themes — racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal.
Similarities with Romeo and Juliet is that - Both deal with lost love - Both deal with fate, Both deal with manipulation. Also, both of the characters die.

Why did Shakespere write so many tragedies?
He thought the tragic plots used by other English writers were lacking artistic purpose and form.
Shakespere wrote 3 genres of plays. They are tragedies, histories and comedies.
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