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Shakespeare's Times - Crime & Punishment, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Transcript of Shakespeare's Times - Crime & Punishment, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Disguises - Different instruments were used in order to get confessions out of citizens and for punishments.
- Many instruments were used to punish citizens. - Some examples are:
Brank
Ducking stool
A barrel with holes for both hands and head (the drunkards cloak)
The pillory and stocks
The whipping post (whipping) Shakespeare's Times by Ifra, Huri & Laura Elizabethan Era- Crimes Elizabethan Era- Punishments Instruments of Punishments Shakespeare is known for his use of wording. Shakespeare reserved some of his dialogue for some lovers, especially Oberon and Titania, and also the "rude mechanicals" A Midsummer Night's Dream The Greatest Punishment Bibliography Crimes of the nobility required different punishments from the crimes of commoners.
Punishments varied according to class. The classes they were divided into were nobility and everybody else. Performed punishments in front of public.
The highest nobles were exempt from torture. They take the criminal from the prison to the place of execution on a hurdle or sled where the criminal is hanged until half dead and then is taken down and quartered alive. Then their insides and members are cut from their bodies and thrown into a fire. this is only if they attempt a capital offense. "Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England." Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/punishment.htm
"Elizabethan Crime and Punishment." Elizabethan Crime and Punishment. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. http://www.noblesandcourtiers.org/elizabethan-crime-and-punishment.htm.
"Elizabethan Crime and Punishment." Elizabethan Crime and Punishment. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. http://www.slideshare.net/cbailey6/elizabethan-crime-and-punishment.
"Elizabethan Crime and Punishments." Elizabethan Crime and Punishments. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. http://www.slideshare.net/vihaankohli/elizabethan-crime-and-punishments.
"Elizabethan EraTorture ,death ,punishment ,crime ,methods, prisoner ,Crossbar. " Elizabethan Era Torture,death,punishment,crime,methods,prisoner,Crossbar. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. http://www.elizabethanenglandlife.com/different-kinds-of-elizabethan-era-torture.html.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream Genre." Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 June 2013. http://www.shmoop.com/midsummer-nights-dream/genre.html
"Characteristics of Shakespearean Comedy." - Life123. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 June 2013. http://www.life123.com/arts-culture/theatre/comedy/shakespearean-comedy.shtml
"Elements of Shakespearean Comedy - Exploring What Makes a Comedy a Comedy. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 June 2013.http://www.shakespeareonline.com/plays/elementsofcomedy.html
"Shakespeare Comedy." About.com Shakespeare. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 June 2013. http://shakespeare.about.com/od/thecomedies/a/Shakespeare_Comedy.htm Common Crimes of the Nobility high treason
blasphemy
sedition
spying
rebellion
murder
witchcraft
alchemy Common Crimes of the Commoners theft
cutpurse
begging
poaching
adultery
debtors
forgers
fraud
dice coggers Punishment for the Nobility Beheading
Decapitation
Burning
Hanged, drawn, and quartered
Poisoning
Hanged
Boiling Punishments for the Commoners Hanging
Burning
The stocks
The pillory
Whipping
Branding
pressing
Ducking stools
The wheel
Boiling in oil, water, or lead
Starvation in a public place
Cutting off various items off the anatomy- hands, ears etc.
The gossips bridle or brank
The drunkards cloak - The brank was a punishment for women who gossiped or spoke too freely.
It was a large iron cage placed on the brank that fit into the mouth and was sharpened to the pint or covered with spikes so that any movement of the tongue would cause severe injuries to the mouth. - Ducking-stools are chairs formerly used for punishment of disorderly women, and dishonest tradesmen in England.
- An instrument for public humiliation and severe criticism, primarily for scolding or back biting and less often for sexual offenses. It is a group of Shakespeare`s plays sharing common elements, such as a happy happy ending. Shakespearean Comedies Mistaken Identities Clever Wordplay Love Characters' identities are confused and mistaken because of disguises and deceptions. Clever wordplay Love is presented with hardships which are overcome in the end. Shakespeare uses clever dialogue, puns, and language to display comedy and creative prose Happy Endings Plot Twists Hermia and Lysander try to sneak away from Athens to elope behind Egeus's back. Also, Titania and the young lovers have been drugged by Oberon and his magic love juice. Mistaken identities The love juice causes Titania to fall head over heels in love. Titania mistakes Bottom for a creature who is worthy of her love and affection. The same happened to the lovers who are dosed with Oberon's magic love potion. Persevering love Persevering love Marriage Theseus finally gets to marry Hippolyta and spend the night with her. As for the four humans who have been chasing each other around the forest and falling in and out of love, they finally settle down and hook up with a steady partner Hermia weds Lysander and Demetrius gets hitched to Helena. The first plot involves Theseus and Hippolyta's upcoming wedding. The second plot line involves the young Athenian lovers who run around the wood in confusion. The third plot follows Oberon's tiff with his wife, Titania. As a fourth plot line, Shakespeare works in a bunch of craftsmens (the Mechanicals), who plan to perform a play at Theseus's big fancy wedding. Multiple plot turns In the beginning it was impossible because hermits father was against it. love is the reason they are happy in the end Hernia and Lysander are together they still got married and they didn't have to elope in the end or be uncertain about their significant other. Shakespeare's influence is that he made his brand of comedies unique with more imagination and possibilities.
"Its heroes are voyages in pursuit of happiness not yet attained, a brave new world wherein man's life may be fuller, his sensations more exquisite and his joys more widespread, more lasting and so more humane." (Charlton, in Ryan, K. pgs. 78-79) There are multiple plot lines, creating a more suspenseful and complex story but still following similar patterns. It is not a shakespearean comedy without a happy ending often involving marriage and lovers united. Shakspeare's influence on crime and punishment is that he showed crime and punishment through his plays. For example in Romeo and Juliet. Characters like The Friars and even the main characters have committed crimes punishable by the law and they all serve the time. Shakspeare's Influence Thank You for Watching!
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