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Intro to Shakespeare!
Transcript of Intro to Shakespeare!
Check it out, it's Shakespeare!
Shakespeare made a
difference in English literature.
We still study Shakespeare today because he created real, relatable characters that everyone can understand.
Thought to be the greatest writer in the English language!
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (That's in England)
He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and loads of other poems!
He didn't just write; he also acted and was co-owner of a theater company ("Lord Chamberlain's Men" and later "The King's Men")
Shakespeare lived during Queen Elizabeth I's reign in England
Queen Elizabeth had a HUGE influence on England; she loved the arts (Music, sculpture, paintings, theater, etc.) and supported Shakespeare's works.
This time period was called the
Shakespeare and his play company (Lord Chamberlain's Men) decided to build a fantastic new theater in 1599.
The building was a three-story, open-air amphitheater. This was a theater where
everyone was welcome
; commoners and nobility alike came to watch plays in the same building.
Who is this guy?
All about Elizabeth
The Globe Theater
1564(?)-1616 (Died at age 52)
Commoners stand here
for the stage
"High class" people sit here
The Globe Theater
Wait... Shakespeare said that?
A laughing stock (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
A sorry sight (Macbeth)
As dead as a doornail (Henry VI)
Eaten out of house and home (Henry V, Part 2)
Fair play (The Tempest)
I will wear my heart upon my sleeve (Othello)
In a pickle (The Tempest)
There's method in my madness (Hamlet)
Too much of a good thing (As You Like It)
Vanish into thin air (Othello)
Romeo and Juliet
A story about young, teenage lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families.
This play is a
: It ends with a
catastrophe for the protagonist(s)