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Shakespeare Visual Presentation

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Maddy m

on 22 April 2010

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Shakespeare Visual Presentation Who is Shakespeare ? What were peoples beliefs? What was the audience like in Shakespearean plays? What were the theatres like for Shakespeare's plays? What were the actors like? What was it like to live in the Shakesperean time period? The audience in Shakespearean plays were full of different people. There were groundlings, and seated guests. The audience that went to these plays were composed of different classes. Some were nobles and others were in the lower classes, they were the groundlings. The groundlings were the roudiest people in the audience. Shakespeare had to often put in jokes and or fights to keep the groundlings interested and happy. The audiences are not at all the same as they are today. In Shakespearean times audience members spoke out as they liked and walked around freely. So in conclusion my opinion is that the guests at these plays were a lot loulder and not at all as serious as you might encouter today. There were many different theatres in Shakespearean times. Some examples of the main Shakespearean theatres are The Globe Theatre, and The Fortune. However, before then the stages were made out of any available material. James Burbage built the first permanent theatre. Both these main theatres were different shapes: the Globe Theatre was the shape of an octagonal and the Fortune was square. These theatres were shaped unlike the regular O shaped theatres, which was the norm back then. In conclusion the theatres were very different then they are today. People in Shakespeare's days believed in Christ and Knighthood. Most people back then were Christians and or Puritans. Chance, providence, and fortune were what people believed in. They held these beliefs as they thought that God provided for the people and trusted the people, that life was random and that one's fortune would relate the persons fate. They believed in very different things that we do today and it is very interesting to know what they believed in. Shakespeare was considered to be the best writer of all times. He married at the age of 18 to a lady by the name of Ann Hathaway who was eight years older than him and who was a Puritan. A Puritan is a person that cannot have fun, so she could not go to plays or do anything that Shakespeare loved. Shakespeare’s father was a prosperous glove maker, and grain dealer, and was quite important in their town . Anne Hathaway and Shakespeare had three children by the names of Susan, Judith, and Hanit. Obviously it was not a great relationship because Shakespeare moved to London between 1585- 1591. Shakespeare made a lot of money so much that he could be considered a gentleman and own a coat of arms. Shakespeare died at the age of 52 in his hometown Stratford- upon- Avon. The actors for these Shakespearean plays were very different than they are today. Firstly they were all men, so the men had to play all of the woman parts. The men also had multiple roles. Another interesting fact is that they used blood blades in all of the fight scenes. All the actors were very acrobatic and strong because they had to do numerous dances and fights. It really does look pretty difficult to be an actor in the Shakespearean time. Shakespeare grew up in a chaotic time period called the Renaissance. It was very chaotic because of all of the political problems and the power changes that existed due to the decline of Feudalism and the rise of the middle class. Feudalism is the social system in which the nobility held land from the crown in exchange for military services. The peasants were obliged to live on their lord's land and give him labour and share the produce in exchange for military protection.

When all of the political problems cleared up and the fights stopped there was more work for the middle class. The decline of Feudalism increased the wealth of England. In Shakespeare’s time period they switched the spiritual matters from the pope to the monarch. This gave the people of England the freedom to study what they wanted. It was a time when science and arts flourished. As you can see this was a very chaotic time period to live in.
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