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Transcript of William Shakespeare
April 23, 1564 - April 23. 1616
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, a small town in England.
Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, who was 26.
At the age of 18...
In 1594, he became a shareholder in a company called Lord Chamberlain's men. He wrote Romeo & Juliet while with them.
In his twenties, Shakespeare moved to London
Within his life, Shakespeare wrote
37 plays and 154 sonnets
Records indicate that Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564.
Since most children were baptized three days after their birthdays, his birthday is known as April 23.
They had three children...
Susanna born 7 months later
twins: Hamnet and Judith
When King James ascended the throne in 1603, Shakespeare renamed the company "The King's Men"
In his will, the only mention of Anne is that he left her his 2nd best bed.
A playwright's goal was to please the person in power.
Plays couldn't even be performed if the king or queen didn't like it.
Thus, Shakespeare wrote plays to cater the interests of royalty. In Macbeth, he included witches and magic because he knew King James would like it.
#1 Shakespeare shaped the English language
Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616
Loosely based on real kings and queens
Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard II, Richard III
social issues, happy
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A lot of people die
Romeo & Juliet
Why did we still read this?!
Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words
You might be thinking...
The Truth IS.....
#2 His stories STILL entertain us today...
She's the Man (2006)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
The Taming of the Shrew
#3 Characters are similar to us today
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books.
But love from love toward school with heavy looks."
He's basically saying...
Leaving Juliet is a thousand times worse than being with Juliet.
A lover goes toward his love as enthusiastically as a school boy leaving his books.
but when he leaves his girlfriend he feels as miserable as a schoolboy going to school.
Understanding Shakespeare takes time, patience, and work....
But we'll work through it together.
It gets easier with time and practice.
Though no records of his education survived, he probably attended a local grammar school where he would have studied Latin and classics.
It's unknown if he completed school or left early to be an apprentice to his father.
PUCK: What hempen home-spuns have we
So near the cradle of the fairy queen?
A Mid Summer Night's Dream (1596)